Two of the nation’s biggest food industry groups are planning a drastic change to how food is labeled, and it could save you a lot of money and worry.
According to CBS New York, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association acknowledge that the “sell by” and “best by” dates on products at the grocery store cause a lot of confusion about when food is safe or unsafe to consume after it’s been sitting in your fridge for awhile.
Some people play it safe and throw out anything that’s gone past the “sell by” date. Other people choose to consume products past the “best by” date in order to not waste money, hoping that their digestion systems won’t reap the consequences.
But now the FMI and GMA want to simplify and standardized labels to say “best if used by” to indicate the best time for freshness and “use by” to indicate when food is expected to spoil.
This clearer approach could save people from consuming spoiling products, but it could also save you a lot of money by reducing the amount of products you throw out.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, millions of Americans toss out food unnecessarily, and Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic’s Emily Broad Leib says, “We waste about 40 percent of the food we produce.”
“The single most cost effective solution is standardizing and clarifying date labels,” she added.
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Editor’s note: Of course, food labelling should never replace the good ol’ inspect and sniff test.