How Food Sell-By Labels Are Changing

How Food Sell-By Labels Are Changing

 Date Obtained: 2/16/17  Source: https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2017/02/illustration.png&w=1484  Credit: The Washington Post

Date Obtained: 2/16/17

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The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association announced on Wednesday that they will be standardizing product date labels so that they are easier to understand.  Currently, there are 10 different phrases used by companies, but this will be limited to two: “Use By,” indicating safety and when perishable food will go bad; and “Best if Used By,” indicating quality which is subjectively at the discretion of the manufacturer. The hope is to eliminate confusion and waste because many customers think that the dates they see are expiration dates, even though most foods are OK to eat past the labeled date. This should reduce food waste caused by Americans throwing away groceries before they’re actually bad, therefore saving space in landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The change to the new labels won’t be immediate, but should be changed by July 2018.

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