New Out-of Date Food Bumpy Label Trial

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Currently in the UK, foods are sold with ‘display until’ and ‘best before end’ labels. These are intended to advise consumers about when foods are no longer safe to eat. However, this system is not without fault. First, if foods are stored incorrectly, they may be unsafe to eat before the specified date. Second, many people rely on the dates provided on the labels and throw food away that is perfectly safe. This results in a lot of food wastage in the UK. There are now new plans to trail an entirely different system.

A high-tech food label has been designed that turns bumpy if a food is no longer safe to eat. Dairy products company Arla is trialling this new label. Their cheese, cream, and milk will have this new label to help consumers to definitively know if food is no longer safe.

The labels contain a gelatine-based gel that reacts to the temperature outside and the packaged food. The conditions cause a molecular breakdown and the labels are designed to deteriorate at the same rate as the food.  

The main aim of these labels is to prevent waste. The current labelling system errs on the side of caution and the new labels will provide a more accurate date for which the products are no longer safe. The new label is being backed by food waste campaigners as an effective solution to this problem.

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/18/bumpy-labels-signal-food-has-gone-set-introduced-dairy-products/

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FOOD NEWS: Global Hummus Crisis

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Sad news for fans of hummus as it has recently been declared that there is a global shortage of this product. Millions of people internationally enjoy eating hummus as either a dip, a filling or an accompaniment, but they are now facing disappointment when they visit the store.

The space that is usually filled with hummus is now left bare as shopkeepers are struggling to get hold of this popular Middle Eastern dip to meet the demands of consumers. So, what has caused hummus to suddenly become unavailable?

The answer to this is easy- there are simply not enough chickpeas. The main areas that produce chickpeas have suffered from poor crops over the last 12 months and this has led to a shortage in the availability of the product.

This, in turn, has had a knock-on effect on the prices that consumers pay. As there are not enough chickpeas to meet demands, the cost of buying this product has been driven up and companies that make hummus are paying through the nose. This has led to them passing on the additional cost to consumers by hiking up the prices.

Fans of hummus can only hope that chickpea costs are better this year and there favourite Middle Eastern dip is back on the shelves soon.