Food waste is a tremendous problem in the United States. In most developed countries, over half of all food waste takes place in the home. Add up what we throw at home, with what restaurants and grocery stores get rid of, and about FORTY PERCENT of everything we are supposed to be eating, we wind up throwing out instead.
Part of the problem in the home setting is that many foods display either a sell by or use by date, which most people consider to mean that the food will not be safe to eat after that designated time. The reality is that this date has no clear meaning and may often refer only to the quality of the food. The date is determined by the food manufacturer and what standards there are varies among the states.
It’s time for some clarification standards concerning the meaning or wording of these labels discussed in the following article.