food label, food waste, sell-by date Rep. Chellie Pingree - Consumer Perceptions of Date Labels, 2016

USDA revises guidance on date labeling to reduce food waste

Guidance encourages food manufacturers and retailers to use “best if used by” date label instead of “sell by” or “use by” label.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued updated information on food product labeling, including new guidance aimed at reducing food waste through encouraging food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating to use a “best if used by” date label.

“In an effort to reduce food loss and waste, these changes will give consumers clear and consistent information when it comes to date labeling on the food they buy,&rd

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