Food Date Labels Study


You may be throwing out perfectly good food if you are just going by the date on the package.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University surveyed over a thousand adults about how frequently they throw out food based on the date listed.

Nearly 40-percent said they “always” or “usually” discarded food if it was near the listed date.

And more than half thought that the date was federally regulated but it is not.

Experts say if the label says “best if used by”. That just means the quality of the item may decrease but it is still ok to be consumed.

Only a few items have a “use by” label and those are the ones that should be thrown out after the date for safety reasons.

The US Department of Agriculture says consumers and retailers waste nearly a third of food a year.

Experts say people between the ages of 18 and 34 were most likely to rely on the label dates.

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