Confusion over "best before" labels is contributing to Kiwis needlessly dumping uneaten food worth $750 million a year.
It is a habit which has prompted plans to remove the labels in Britain.
There, they are blamed for contributing to £6 billion ($12.26 billion) of food waste annually.
A top Australian economist, whose research reveals the wasteful habits of New Zealand households, says consumers need more context on the health risks of particular foods.
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