11:59AM, Tuesday 05 July 2016
In aid of National Food Safety Week, Slough Borough Council is urging residents to freeze more food.
The council is backing the Food Standards Agency initiative by encouraging residents to freeze food before its use by date rather than binning it.
SBC food and safety team environmental health officer, Sarah Hill, said: "Lots of people believe food can only be frozen on the day of purchase, but the freezer is like a pause button and you can safely freeze most foods right up to the use by date."
The FSA recommends eating food within three to six months of freezing due to the quality of the food deteriorating over time.
Freezing instructions should be checked on packaging and food should be eaten within 24 hours of being defrosted.
Cllr Paul Sohal (Lab, Wexham Lea) said: “Food waste makes up more than a third of what we collect from Slough’s black bins and it accounts for 26 per cent of everything we throw away.
“Less food waste means fewer greenhouse gas emissions, which makes Slough cleaner and greener.”
For information on freezing food safely, visit www.food.gov.uk/useby or follow @foodgov on Twitter.