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Food Expiration Date Labels Trick People into Wasting Food, Money, and Natural Resources – September 19, 2013

New NRDC report dissects the problems with “best before” labels

Words such as convoluted, confusing, inconsistent, ineffective, disorienting, ambiguous and dizzying are not terms you want to hear associated with a system you believe is designed to guarantee food safety. Yet those are the adjectives that a new report – “The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America” – uses to describe the current date labeling regime in the United States. Published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, “The Dating Game” shows that a bewildering system of date labeling is a major driver of unnecessary food waste. 

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by: Dana Frasz

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