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California Could Be First State To Mandate Clearer Food Expiration Labels

March 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A California lawmaker believes legislation he has proposed would help solve the food waste problem with one simple change. The bill would replace all the confusing expiration date phrases on food labels with two simpler notices. The confusing terminology – used by manufacturers and not regulated by the federal government – leads to waste of food that is still safely edible. Terms like "best by," "freshest by," and "sell by" would be replaced by ‘best if used by” and “expires on,” the latter indicating food should not be eaten after this date. Foods presenting a food safety problem would be determined by the California Department of Public Health.
Tara Duggan, "Food waste is target of legislation on expiration labels", SF Gate, March 24, 2016, © Hearst Communications, Inc.
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