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USDA Revises Guidance on Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

Melanie Wong | Dec 16, 201603:21 PM     1

"...Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations. Food manufacturers frequently use a variety of phrases, such as 'Sell-by' and 'Use-by' on product labels to describe quality dates on a voluntary basis. The use of different phrases to describe quality dates has caused consumer confusion and has led to the disposal of food that is otherwise wholesome and safe because it is past the date printed on the package.

FSIS is changing its guidance to recommend the use of 'Best if Used By' because research shows that this phrase is easily understood by consumers as an indicator of quality, rather than safety..."

USDA Revises Guidance on Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

www.fsis.usda.gov
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