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Multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer Tesco has introduced new resealable salad bags, in a bid to help customers reduce food waste.

According to a study, salads are one of the most wasted foods by households in the UK.

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To reduce this waste, Tesco has provided new bags with a sliding zip lock which will prevent the salad from spilling out after it is opened.

The bags are manufactured with a thicker film that can prevent the salad from perishing.

Tesco produce buyer manager Adam Hill: “Over the last two years we’ve been working with our growers to develop new packaging which allows customers to return to their bags of salad over a number of days with very little hassle or fuss.

“We know many shoppers roll up their bagged salads after using them once and stick them at the back of their fridges where they are forgotten for days or even weeks.

“These new bags are made from stronger material to protect the leaves from getting scrunched up – so preventing them from going to waste.”

"These new bags are made from stronger material to protect the leaves from getting scrunched up – so preventing them from going to waste."

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a not-for-profit organisation that promotes waste reduction, has welcomed the launch of these resealable salad bags.

WRAP business programmes director Steve Creed said: “We commend Tesco for introducing a new resealable packaging format for their pre-prepared salads which will help in the fight to reduce household food waste.

“At present, nearly 40% of lettuce and leafy salads bought by householders end up being thrown away in the home.”

The introduction of this new packaging also forms a part of Tesco’s ‘No Time For Food Waste’ campaign to reduce food waste.

Image: Tesco resealable bags. Photo: courtesy of Tescoplc.com.