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’Best Before’ labels shall soon be a thing of the past as the Government aims to stop millions of tonnes of perfectly edible food going to waste each year.

With the average family with children wasting £680 of food each year, new guidelines will be introduced to set out details of what the effects of eating older food would be.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme says Britain throws away 5 million potatoes each day, 4.4 million apples, a million loaves of bread and a million slices of ham.

A Government source told the Telegraph: ‘Staples like mushroom and tomatoes are routinely marked 'best before' when all that happens when they reach these dates is that the food loses a bit of colour or goes a bit soft. We cannot carry on simply throwing away tonnes of food like this.’

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