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2 million tonnes of household food is discarded because it is not ?used in time?, half of which is thrown away whole or in unopened packaging, costing consumers around £2.4bn a year. 

In a third of cases, passing a date label triggered disposal, while foods judged by consumers to have ?gone off? before they could be eaten (mouldy, stale etc.) were responsible for most of the remaining 1.3 million tonnes. 

(http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/household-food-drink-waste-?-product-focus)

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As I kept researching into the problem I found that the main source of waste are households. A lot of people buy too much food and when it goes off they throw it away, a lot of the time without even opening it. I think this is an issue which should not only be addressed, but also done something about. 

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