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Expiration Labels Could Soon Get a Makeover, Help Americans Reduce Food Waste


Have you ever thrown away food that looked perfectly fine, just because the package said it was expired? As it turns out, a lot of people get confused by date labels on food packaging — and a big reason why is because expiration dates are not uniformly regulated in the U.S. To combat that, legislators introduced the Food Date Labeling Act

The bill was first proposed to both the House and the Senate by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in 2016. Previous versions of the bill were not passed. Recently, Pingree and Blumenthal partnered with Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) on a new version of the bill to bring the issue back into the spotlight. Should the latest iteration become law, the Food Date Labeling Act would standardize expiration labels across the nation, which the legislators believe would reduce consumer confusion, therefore saving more food from going to landfills, according to the NRDC.