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Food

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the value of food (a) spoiled and (b) disposed of in each of the last six years. (257430)

Data are not available for the value of food spoiled and disposed of in each of the last six years.

However, WRAP undertook research in 2007 to quantify the amounts and types of household food waste produced in the UK.

According to research conducted in 2007, the estimated total annual cost of household food waste (avoidable and unavoidable) is £14.4 billion per year. The estimated annual cost of avoidable household food waste is £10.2 billion.