12 Nov '11, 11am

How the Unregulated, Unscientific 'Use By' Labels Cause Food Waste

How the Unregulated, Unscientific 'Use By' Labels Cause Food Waste

Here's a superbly-kept secret: You know all those dates you see on food products -- sell by, use by, best before? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food , and generally speaking, they're not regulated . I couldn't believe it either, but a quick look at USDA's food labeling site confirms that the only product for which "use-by" dates are federally regulated is infant formula. Beyond that, some states regulate dates for some products, but generally "use-by" and "best-by" dates are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Suggestions. For peak quality. That's all. If this is news to you, you're not alone. Research on date labeling in the UK by the organization WRAP shows that 45-49 percent of consumers misunderstand the meaning of the date labels , resulting in an enormous amount of prematurely discarded food. (Link: WRAP 2010). In fact, WRAP estimates that a f...

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