Britons throw away 720m eggs a year over best-before date fears

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Researchers say eggs are often safe to eat long after packaging date passes

Britons are throwing away 720m eggs every year – three times more than in 2008 and at a cost of £139m – according to research.

The scale of waste has been blamed on overcautious consumers relying on best-before dates to decide if eggs are fresh enough to eat, and the growing popularity of vegetarian and “flexitarian” diets has boosted overall sales.

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