New research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) shows that some people are taking more risks with food safety as they try to save money and make their meals go further.
The research showed that most of those questioned (97%) believed the cost of their typical shopping basket has gone up significantly in the last three years, with half of these (47%) trying to make better use of leftover food.
However, some people are ignoring 'use by' dates more than they used to, while others are keeping leftovers for longer than the recommended limit of two days in the fridge.
Today is the start of Food Safety Week, and the FSA is reminding people not to take risks with food safety, even as budgets are squeezed.
Bob Martin, a food safety expert at the FSA, said: "With most of us seeing our weekly shopping bills increase over the last few years, we are all looking for ways to get the most out of our shopping budget.
"Using leftover food is a good way of making our meals go further. However, unless we’re careful, there’s a chance we can risk food poisoning by not storing or handling them properly.
"During Food Safety Week we are encouraging people to view their fridge as their friend, and make the most of leftovers while staying safe."
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