Standardizing food date labels finds support

House Ag Committee members hear about need to reduce food waste, including standardizing labels on foods.

Up to 86% of consumers at least occasionally discard food prematurely because they misinterpret dates on the package to mean that the food is unsafe to eat. This confusion extends to businesses that also wind up discarding perfectly edible food.

Several witnesses during a House Agriculture Committee hearing on Wednesday said refining and standardizing the system of date labeling on food offers one of the most concrete steps to quickly reducing the amount of edible food being thrown

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