Bill would clarify when food is too old to eat

Legislation announced Wednesday by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) aims to put an end to consumer uncertainty about whether or not their food is safe to eat. With the Food Date Labeling Act, they have proposed standardized language for retail packaging: “Best if used by” to indicate peak quality for shelf-stable foods, and “expires on” for riskier foods like raw meat, fish and eggs. According to food policy advocates, the changes will save millions of tons of food from going needlessly into the garbage.

The Washington Post has the story, here.

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