£260m-worth of beef thrown out every year

More than 34,000 tonnes of beef is thrown away in Britain every year, according to figures released by Love Food Hate Waste. This is the equivalent of 300 million beef burgers or £260 million.

In a new poll of over 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Love Food Hate Waste, it was revealed that one in six (17%) of those who bought beef said it had gone to waste as they left it to go past the use-by date.

Almost one in 10 (9%) admitted they had thrown it out after leaving it uncovered or in an open packet.

Only three out of 10 people who buy beef plan meals in advance before shopping for it (30%) and just 19% make sure to check how much they have in the fridge before going to buy more.

The survey also showed that spaghetti bolognese was named the country’s favourite beef dish, as one in five (20%) picked it as their most frequent beef dish to eat at home. This was followed by the traditional beef roast dinner (18%) and a steak dinner (12%).

To help cut down on this, Love Food Hate Waste has launched the Meaty Issues campaign.

Richard Swannell, of Love Food Hate Waste, said: “Our research has shown that despite our love of beef in the UK, we still throw away hundreds of millions of pounds worth every year, with an equivalent weight to 300 million burgers.

“That’s why we’ve launched our Meaty Issues campaign, to encourage people to get the best out of their beef and other meats, saving them money and helping the environment.”

Farmer and television presenter Adam Henson is also backing the Meaty Issues campaign.

He said: “As a farmer by trade, I’m passionate about the issue of wasted meat and how to minimise it – I’m fully behind Love Food Hate Waste’s campaign to highlight the issue. Beef is one of our favourite meats in the UK, and we really should be doing everything we can to make the most of it once we’ve put it in our shopping trolleys.”

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