Why do you throw food out?
We follow Health Canada policies and guidelines as well as our own strict processes on food safety to ensure that only food that is deemed safe to eat is sold or donated. Some items we discard have passed their best before date so they must be sent for organic recycling. But it’s important to remember that just because a food item has not passed its best before date it is not necessarily safe for consumption.
Food is also sent for organic recycling if:
· An item has been returned by a customer. For example, if a customer returns a package of meat as part of our satisfaction guarantee, that product will not be sold to another customer;
· It is subject to a Health Canada recall;
· Cold items are left unrefrigerated. For example, if a container of milk is found on a non-refrigerated shelf within our stores, we must discard the milk because it has left the cold chain and may not be safe for consumption, even though the best before date has not passed;
· It doesn’t pass the test: would I buy it?