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UK Supermarkets to Remove Sell-By Dates (16th September, 2011)

Supermarkets in the U.K. want to remove the sell-by dates from the food they sell. They say this will help cut down the amount of wasted food. Stores throw away a lot of food that is actually OK to eat. Food stores also say taking off sell-by dates will save shoppers money because prices will come down. They believe the government is being too careful about the food we buy. Supermarket managers say “use-by” or “best-before” dates are better. The BBC reports that the UK throws away almost $20 billion of edible food every year.

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The government says British families throw away five million tons of edible food each year. That’s the same as $1,000 of food per family. Caroline Spelman, a government spokeswoman, said food labels in Britain were too confusing. She told reporters: “We want to end the food labelling confusion.” She added that she wanted to “make it clear once and for all when food is good and safe to eat”. A food expert said many shoppers are afraid to eat food that is older than the sell-by date. He said this is wrong because the food is still fresh and good enough to eat.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

cut down the amount of

a.

money

2

OK

b.

too careful

3.

save shoppers

c.

dates are better

4.

the government is being

d.

wasted food

5.

“use-by” or “best-before”

e.

food every year

6.

almost $20 billion of edible

f.

to eat

 

Paragraph 2

1.

British families throw away

a.

labelling confusion

2

$1,000 of food per

b.

the sell-by date

3.

We want to end the food

c.

five million tons

4.

make it clear once

d.

enough to eat

5.

food that is older than

e.

family

6.

the food is still fresh and good

f.

and for all


LISTENING GAP FILL

Supermarkets in the U.K. want to remove the sell-by dates from _________________. They say this will help cut down the amount of wasted food. Stores _________________ of food that is actually OK to eat. Food stores also say taking off sell-by dates will ___________________ because prices will come down. They believe the government is _________________ about the food we buy. Supermarket managers say “use-by” or “best-before” _________________. The BBC reports that the UK throws away almost $20 billion _________________ every year.

The government says British families throw _________________ tons of edible food each year. ___________________ $1,000 of food per family. Caroline Spelman, a government spokeswoman, said food labels in Britain _________________. She told reporters: “We want to end the food labelling confusion.” She added that she wanted to “_________________ once and for all when food is good _________________”. A food expert said many shoppers are afraid to eat food that is older than the sell-by date. He said this is wrong because the food is still fresh and _________________ eat.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Supermarkets in the U.K. (1) ____ to remove the sell-by dates from the food they sell. They say this will help cut down the amount of (2) ____ food. Stores throw away a lot of food that is (3) ____ OK to eat. Food stores also say taking off sell-by dates will save shoppers money because prices will   (4) ____ down. They believe the government is being too careful about the food we buy. Supermarket managers say “use-by” or “best-(5) ____” dates are better. The BBC reports that the UK throws away almost $20 billion of (6) ____ food every year.

The government says British families throw (7) ____ five million tons of edible food each year. That’s the same as $1,000 of food (8) ____ family. Caroline Spelman, a government spokeswoman, said food labels in Britain were (9) ____ confusing. She told reporters: “We want to end the food labelling confusion.” She added that she wanted to “make it clear (10) ____ and for all when food is good and safe to eat”. A food expert said many shoppers are (11) ____ to eat food that is older than the sell-by date. He said this is wrong (12) ____ the food is still fresh and good enough to eat.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

want

(b)

would

(c)

will

2.

(a)

washed

(b)

wished

(c)

wasted

3.

(a)

actual

(b)

actually

(c)

actions

4.

(a)

arrive

(b)

come

(c)

be

5.

(a)

before

(b)

after

(c)

while

6.

(a)

trouble

(b)

wobble

(c)

edible

7.

(a)

up

(b)

away

(c)

over

8.

(a)

per

(b)

for

(c)

far

9.

(a)

much

(b)

too

(c)

over

10.

(a)

twice

(b)

upon

(c)

once

11.

(a)

afraid

(b)

fear

(c)

scary

12

(a)

so

(b)

but

(c)

because


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the naoutm of wasted food

2.

wrtho away a lot of food

3.

save pphroess money

4.

perisc will come down

5.

being too rlufcae

6.

deeibl food

 

Paragraph 2

7.

five inlomli tons

8.

$1,000 of food per faiyml

9.

too guosncifn

10.

make it arelc once and for all

11.

rfadia to eat food that is older

12.

the food is still fshre


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

Supermarkets in the U.K. want to remove the sell-by dates from the food they sell. They say this will

(    )

help cut down the amount of wasted food. Stores throw away a lot of food that is actually

(    )

OK to eat. Food stores also say taking off sell-by dates will save shoppers

(    )

money because prices will come down. They believe the government is being too careful

(    )

about the food we buy. Supermarket managers say “use-by” or “best-before”

(    )

dates are better. The BBC reports that the UK throws away almost $20 billion of edible food every year.

(    )

The government says British families throw away five million tons of edible food each

(    )

year. That’s the same as $1,000 of food per family. Caroline Spelman, a government spokeswoman, said food

(    )

labels in Britain were too confusing. She told reporters: “We want to end the food labelling

(    )

confusion.” She added that she wanted to “make it clear once and for all when food is good and safe

(    )

to eat”. A food expert said many shoppers are afraid to eat food that is older

(    )

than the sell-by date. He said this is wrong because the food is still fresh and good enough to eat.


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

dates     food     the     the     Remove     from     sell-by.    

2.

is     actually     OK     to     eat     A     lot     of     food     that.    

3.

Taking     off     sell-by     dates     will     save     shoppers     money.    

4.

is     They     being     believe     too     the     careful     government.    

5.

Almost     billion     food     20     edible     year     $     of     every.    

6.

away     edible     five     food     million     tons     Throw     of.    

7.

The     family     per     food     of     1,000     1     $     as     same.    

8.

to     confusion     end     the     We     food     want     labelling.    

9.

for     and     once     clear     it     Make     all.    

10.

to     eat     The     food     is     still     fresh     and     good     enough.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about food for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. FOOD: Search the Internet and find more information about food. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about food and sell-by dates. Include imaginary interviews with shoppers. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a food expert. Ask him/her three questions about food and sell-by dates. Give him/her three of your opinions on this . Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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