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Supermarket To Scrap Use By Dates

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Morrisons will remove “use-by” dates from milk packaging at the end of the month in an attempt to save millions of pints from being thrown away unnecessarily every year.

The British supermarket is asking customers to use a simple test to work out if cow’s milk is usable: sniff it.

Bottles sold by the retailer will still contain “best before” dates that will give an indication of when the milk will have the best taste, but it can often still be used safely for several days after that point.

The UK wastes about 330,000 tonnes of milk every year, about 7% of total UK production, according to figures from 2018 from food waste charity Wrap. 490m pints is thrown away in the home, making it the third most-wasted food in the UK, behind potatoes and bread.

Marcus Gover, Wrap’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to take this important step to help reduce household food waste – it shows real leadership and we look forward to more retailers reviewing date labels on their products and taking action.”

Best practice guidelines drawn up by Wrap with the Food Standards Agency and the government say a “use-by” date is only required for food safety reasons, which don’t apply for milk.

Milk is also associated with high carbon emissions because of the large resources needed to feed cows. Increasing awareness of its carbon footprint has been one factor behind the rapid growth in plant-based alternatives such as oat, soy and almond “milks”.

Morrisons said customers should check milk by holding the bottle to their nose. If it smells sour then it may have spoiled. If it has curdled and lumps have formed that is also a sign it should not be used. Milk’s life can be extended by keeping it cool, and keeping bottles closed as much as possible.

The move will initially cover 90% of the supermarket’s own-brand milks, including own-brand British and Scottish milks.

Ian Goode, Morrisons’ senior milk buyer, said: “Wasted milk means wasted effort by our farmers and unnecessary carbon being released into the atmosphere.

“Generations before us have always used the sniff test and I believe we can too.”

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McDonald’s Mondays: How to get a 99p Quarter Pounder Today

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Fans of McDonald’s can enjoy some breakfast and lunch meals for just 99p today as the fast food chain slashes its prices for one day only, marking the return of McDonald’s Mondays.

The fast-food chain’s regular McMuffin will be reduced from £2.29 to just 99p during the breakfast window, which ends at 11am.

Quarter pounders with cheese will also be available for less than £1 on the lunch menu, saving customers £2.20!

The deal is limited to one per person and is only available via the offers section of the McDonald’s app until midnight.

Then just choose how you would like to collect your order via Drive-thru, click and serve, takeaway or in a restaurant.

The cheap deals come as part of McDonald’s weekly Monday offer, which returns today (9 May).

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Shoppers Call For Chicken Kiev’s Rename

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Shoppers have called on UK supermarkets to stand with Ukraine by renaming chicken kievs ‘chicken kyivs’ to show solidarity with the country as it battles Russian invaders.

‘Kiev’ was the standardised spelling for the city under Soviet rule, but recent Russian aggression has seen more Western institutions heed calls to abandon it in favour of the Ukrainian alternative.

The UK Government has been referring to its embassy as being based in ‘Kyiv’ for years. With ministers also increasingly using the new pronunciation.

Ukraine’s capital is known as Київ in Ukrainian and Киев in Russian. Both terms do not have a direct translation into the alphabet, with Kiev, Kyiv, Kyyiv or Kiyev all being possibilities.

But the spelling ‘Kiev’ is intrinsically linked with the old USSR due to its widespread use by the British and Americans while the city was under Soviet rule. This continued after independence in 1991, until ‘Kyiv’ was legally approved by the Ukrainian government.

It was not until the Maidan uprising of 2014 the issue hit the public consciousness, with the ousting of pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych and the creation of a new administration seeking closer ties to the West.

Young Ukrainians see ‘Kiev’ as a relic of the Soviet past, and this view is now shared by the government, which launched a ‘KyivNotKiev’ campaign in 2018.

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McDonald’s cuts prices by 20% for the week

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The burger giant McDonald’s is treating it’s customers to a 20% discount on all menu items until Sunday (27 February).

McDonald’s lovers are able to enjoy the deal so long as they order their food in a specific way.

Customers must order via the app to either pick up in store, click and collect or drive through.

The offer can be found under the ‘deals’ section on the app.

As an example, although prices can differ slightly, fans of the popular fast food takeaway can tuck into a Double Big Mac for just £3.35 rather than £4.19.

However, to avoid being disappointed, customer’s mustn’t expect the discount if they are coming into store or using a third-party service such as Uber Eats.

For customers who haven’t got the app yet, they can take their time before taking advantage of the deal.

A 20% price reduction is available for customers first app order.

The deal can be used at anytime in 2022, but it must be within 21 days of registering.

 

 

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