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Bipartisan bill on food expiration labels could cut many tons of food waste

Melanie Wong | Sep 4, 201901:01 PM     6

" . . . That would help reduce the staggering amount of safe-to-eat food that ends up in landfills. According to a June report by the Government Accountability Office, between 30 and 40 percent of all food produced in the United States is wasted, with estimates as high as $218 billion spent every year on food that’s uneaten. The bill is touted as a way for the government to end confusion for shoppers, and the grocery stores, restaurants, and cafeterias that sell some of that perfectly safe food.

Sponsors say the current labeling system is confusing and outdated, and critics say expiration dates aren’t based on safety concerns. There are virtually no federal laws for date labeling, except for baby formula. States set their own rules, and manufacturers use a variety of terms, like “best if used by,” “sell by,” and “use by,” that estimate how long the food will taste fresh. Ninety percent of consumers misinterpret those dates, and throw out food that’s still safe to eat, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. . . "

Bipartisan bill on food expiration labels could cut many tons of food waste

Introduced today in the House and Senate, the legislation would regulate and formalize confusing date labels for the first time.

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