Environment minister Joan Ruddock told MPs the deals were "deeply unhelpful" and half-price offers were preferable. She also criticised the culture of "fast fashion", where cheap clothes are treated as disposable.
A third of all food bought in the UK is estimated to be thrown away - about six million tonnes a year. In a Commons debate on supermarkets, Ms Ruddock praised them for their co-operation on climate change and waste issues.
Posted on 24th April 2008
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