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Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:21

Waste not, want not

According to the USDA Economic Research Service, Americans waste 96 billion pounds of food every year. An average household of four throws away over $1,000 a year in food. Yet families are not the sole source of wasted food the USDDA states that grocery stores toss out $15 billion worth of unsold fruits and vegetables alone each year.

Grocery chains are more likely to throw away fruits, vegetables and even entire hams and roasts than donate to distribution centers. What many people don't know is that federal and state laws protect grocers from liability; however, stores expressed concerns that donated food could sicken recipients, even if it has yet to reach its expiration date. While some major chains donate food, others do not.

Published in The Frugal Edge

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