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.
I am always looking for interesting food news stories to post on this blog and this week I have found one of the best yet. According to The Independent, bulk-food retailer Costco is now selling an apocalypse package. For the price of £4,330, approximately $5,999, you can feed your family for a year in the event of a major catastrophe.
If you are a single person and you are worried about the cost of buying such a large package, there is an alternative option for single people. The mega-pack for singe people comes at the price of just £721, or $999, for a year’s supply of food.
These packs contain everything you need to eat a balanced and nutritious diet for a year as they contain a range of dried products, including fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, and proteins. The variety included in the packs also means you will not tire of eating the same foods every day.
To many, an apocalypse seems like a wild idea that is only seen in sci-fi movies. However, there is an endless list of potential catastrophes that could take place that could lead to a situation where people need such packs and more people than ever are taking this possibility seriously.
While there are no signs of anyone needing one of these packs right now, it is good to know that Costco is giving people the option of preparing for a worst-case scenario.
Obesity is increasingly becoming an issue in the UK and in other parts of the world. Being overweight can have a huge impact on health and can potentially lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The obesity crisis is also putting a huge strain on the NHS. For this reason, top health officials are now saying that Brits need to go on a diet.
Last year, the government launched a sugar reduction programme that targeted nine different food groups that are considered unhealthy. This has led to the sugar drinks levy which will come into force in April 2018.
New measures put in place to reduce the number of unhealthy foods that Brits eat will specifically target 13 different food groups and will include processed meat, ready meals, takeaways, and pizzas. The aim is to cut the average calorie consumption of the British by 20% by 2024.
As part of this healthy eating campaign, the food industry is also being urged by the government to use healthier ingredients to help the public reduce their calorie intake.
A spokesperson for Public Health England has said that Britain needs to go on a diet as both adults and children are consuming too many calories and this is the cause of the high rate of obesity in the UK.
These recent measures are part of an ongoing governmental campaign in the UK to improve the overall health of UK citizens and reduce the strain on the NHS. Strategies used so far have included raising awareness of healthy eating through marketing materials and via direct advice from healthcare workers. Children are also being targeted with healthy eating programmes in schools.
Unbelievably, Brits have been warned to avoid cooking with snow. During the recent snow storms, various warnings and advice have been issued by weather experts, TV weather news broadcasts, and newspapers. It is not surprising that the heavy snowfall has led to advice with regards to travel, staying at home, and taking additional care if you must leave the house. However, it is a little surprising that it is deemed necessary to advise people to avoid using the snow for the purpose of cooking.
As a resident of the UK, there are plenty of things that I can think of to do when it snows. When I was younger, this involved building snowmen, having snowball fights and sledding on the golf course. As an adult, the snow is more likely to encourage me to stay at home with a hot chocolate or a hot toddy. Never, at any point in my life, have I felt the temptation to pop outside and find some snow with which I can create a family meal.
The reason for the advice is that the snow that falls in the UK is not as pure as in other parts of the world. The water from which the snow is formed is untreated and is potentially full of harmful things. It also contains particles of nano-pollution. Although eating a bit of snow won’t kill you, it is believed that it has the potential to make you ill.
So, if you live in the UK and you were thinking of popping outside and getting some snow to melt to boil your veg, then think again. Me? I will try and restrain myself from cooking with the contents of my kitchen and staying warm in the comfort of my home.
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.