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Theresa May shares tip on how to avoid food wastage

14 February 2019

Prime minister Theresa May has revealed that she scrapes the mould off from jam and eats what is underneath, in order to reduce food wastage.

The prime minister’s admission came during cabinet discussions, as May argued that that consumers should use “common sense” to check if food is edible before binning it. Last year, the government announced a £15m scheme to address food waste from retailers and food manufacturers, as figures estimated that 100,000 tonnes of food is edible, yet wasted, every year.

Leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, makes his own jam from fruit from his own allotment. Despite his apparent hatred for strawberry jam, a spokesperson for Corbyn claimed in a statement that the Labour leader’s “love of both making and consuming jam” means that he barely wastes any.

Is it safe to scrape the mould off jam?

Jam traditionally contains a lot of sugar to preserve it for long periods of time, though a lot of shop-bought jam contains less sugar. Though it may seem like removing mould from the top layer of your jam will get rid of the problem though, there’s no guarantee that you will remove all the toxins from the bacteria. Experts advise to check the quality of the jam before deciding whether it’s safe to remove the mould.

There are plenty of ways to reduce your food wastage habits, aside from scraping the mould from your jam. Freezing food is a great way to keep it edible longer for example, using airtight containers and repurposing leftovers for new meals can all help you to avoid throwing out more food than is necessary. It’s also a good idea to go shopping more often, but to buy less, as you’ll have a better idea of what you’re buying.


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