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Survey shows date labels contribute to food waste

from Whole Foods Magazine

A recent national survey — a collaborative effort between the National Consumer League, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and Johns Hopkins University Center for Livable Future — reveals how consumer perception of date labels, such as "Best by" or "Sell by" contributes to significant food waste. According to the survey, 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste, costing $218 billion from growth to disposal. Two-thirds of this is due to household food waste, which is often driven by consumer confusion about date labels. Many consumers believe food past the date on a label is unsafe to eat and therefore must be discarded, when in fact the date is not an indicator of safety and is not federally regulated. more


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