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We asked ITV News viewers on Facebook whether they agreed with environment minister Richard Benyon's comments that the average family is wasting £50 per month by throwing away "perfectly safe" food.
Here is a selection of their answers:
David Cameron admitted that a government minister telling families to waste less food during a time of economic troubles did "not look good."
Environment minister Richard Benyon said during a debate in Westminster that families are throwing away "enormous amounts of food" that is "perfectly safe" to eat, leading to criticism from Labour who called his comments "out-of-touch."
Mr Cameron said the minister's comments, which were reported in the Daily Telegraph, had been misinterpreted.
He told BBC Breakfast: "The real truth here is we need to help families with their household bills.
“That is why we’re freezing the council tax for the third year in a row, that’s why we’ve delivered a tax cut for 24 million working people by lifting the amount you can earn before you start paying tax, that’s why we’ve cancelled fuel duty increase, we’ve cut the duty on beer.
“We’re getting behind working families who work hard and want to do the right thing.”
Environment minister Richard Benyon said the cost of wasted food had been estimated at £12 billion per year, “which is about £50 a month for the average family.”
During a debate in Westminster, he reportedly urged people to "pay attention to the storage information on food packaging."
Families are wasting up to £50 a month by throwing away "enormous amounts of food" that is "perfectly safe" to eat, an environment minister has said.
Richard Benyon claimed people had little idea on how to preserve food and said families should eat their left-overs, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Mr Benyon, who said a different approach to food waste could reduce household expenses, was called "out-of-touch" and "patronising" by Labour's vice-chairman Michael Dugher.
"We all know that we ought to be wasting much less food," Mr Benyon reportedly told MPs at a debate in Westminster.
He added: “Food wasted means fewer pounds in our pocket.
"Household bills are squeezed at the moment and we have the opportunity through a variety of different agencies to inform people better about where their food comes from and how to use it most economically.”