New Food Labeling Legislation & It’s Potential US Industry Impact
In an effort to simplify food labeling and reduce US food waste, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME-) introduced the Food Date Labeling Act of 2016 (HR5298) on May 19, 2016. This bill came about because:
- Date food labeling practices on food labels causes consumer confusion because of “sell-by,”“best-by,”“use-by,” and “best before” dates.
- Up to 90 percent of people in the United States occasionally throw out still-fresh food, due to this confusion.
- This is estimated to cause 20 percent of consumer waste of safe, edible food ($29 billion)
- Consumer education and standardized date labeling are the top 2 most cost-effective strategies for reducing food waste.