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Main reasons for food waste during by households during the pandemic in Canada 2020

In a survey of Canadian households conducted in August 2020, around 31.3 percent of respondents reported that the chief reason why food gets wasted in their home since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is because food is left in the fridge or freezer too long.

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Leading causes of food waste during the coronavirus pandemic in Canada in August 2020

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

August 21 to 23, 2020

Number of respondents

8,272 respondents

Method of interview

Online omnibus survey

Supplementary notes

Original survey question: "Since the start of the pandemic, what do you think are the main reasons that food gets wasted in your household?"
Multiple answers were possible.

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