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New Initiative Wants To Cut Food Waste In Half By Simplifying Your Food Labels

By Brian Spaen

There’s a lot technology available for us to help curb food waste, a problem that we all run into during our busy lives. Amazon’s Alexa devices provides a great service to find out if produce is still good and how we could even restore the product to its full potential. An affordable smart fridge keeps track of the food stored inside of it and even helps with expiration dates and providing recipes.

While these are useful products to have, it would be much easier if dates on food labels were clearer to understand. Many of us link the date on a food package to be the same when there’s a big difference between “Sell By” and “Best By.” Some items receive a botched date printed on the jar, making it impossible to tell when it’s supposed to expire. It’s led to an increase in food being thrown out before it needed to be.

The Consumer Goods Forum is hoping to fix the problem by streamlining date labels on products. Over 400 companies are a part of the forum, including major corporations like Amazon and Kellogg’s. The announcement was made at an event hosted by Champions 12.3, which is a union that hopes to achieve one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on reducing global food waste.