Why 40% of U.S. food is thrown away by Quentin Fottrell

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Why 40% of U.S. food is thrown away by Quentin Fottrell

Turns out, it’s the dates on food expiration labels that are bad. A lack of regulation of food labels is a major factor leading to 40% of all food going to waste in the U.S., a new study finds.

Over 90% of Americans may be prematurely tossing food because they misinterpret expiration dates, according to the study by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental action group. Phrases like “sell by,” “use by,” and “best before” are poorly regulated and often misinterpreted, the report found: “It is time for a well-intended but wildly ineffective food date labeling system to get a makeover.”

Faulty expiration-date rules are confusing at best, says Dana Gunders, a NRDC staff scientist with the food and agriculture program. “Sell by” dates are actually for stores to know how much shelf life products have they are not meant for consumers or to indicate the food is bad. “Best before” and “use by” dates are for consumers, but they are manufacturers’ estimates as to when food has reached its peak.

Wasted food is a big problem in the U.S.

Full article at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/want-to-save-at-the-supermarket-compost-2013-06-18

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