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Minister: Families 'wasting food'

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 claimed. He has urged people to eat their left-overs and pay more attention to storage instructions.

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Minister: People wasting money by throwing away food

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.

Environment minister Richard Benyon. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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.”

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