AHBİB Chairman Hüseyin Arslan, drew attention to the food waste and said that instead of the expiry date (STT), the recommended consumption date (TETT) should be implemented in dry food products with a long shelf life.
Mediterranean Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products Exporters’ Association (AHBİB) Chairman Hüseyin Arslan reminded of the call made by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the occasion of its 75th anniversary for global solidarity in order to get rid of the crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic that affected the whole world.
“TETT application should be implemented to prevent food waste”
Arslan said, “The expiry date application must be stretched in order to reduce the waste rate especially in dry food products such as pulses and cereals. Because cereals and legumes can be easily consumed for a long period of time until they become infested. The expiry date creates a false consciousness among consumers and the foods that are still suitable for consumption are thrown away.”
“The recommended expiry date application instead of the expiry date should be started immediately. Worldwide, 690 million people are starving and 3 billion people can not diet properly today, we can be a leader in the prevention of waste by taking such a step regarding cereals and pulses,” Arslan added.