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USDA championed new policies in 2016 to reduce food waste

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Editor’s note: This essay is a 2017 runner up for the “Publisher’s Award” and was written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP. Food waste is sickening. The amount of safe and nutritious food… Continue Reading

Contaminated food contaminates consumers’ trust

The first in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

A breach in food safety is enough to knock restaurants, grocers, retailers and everyone in the supply chain to their knees when contaminated food contaminates the trust consumers have in their products. Take Chipotle Mexican Grill for example, the most recent poster child for damaged customer relationships. In July 2015, the first of six foodborne… Continue Reading

New compliance date for meat, poultry labeling is 01/01/2020

Any new meat and poultry product labeling regulations that are issued next year by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will have a uniform compliance date of Jan. 1, 2020. FSIS has periodically set a uniform compliance date at some point in the future for its food labeling requirements. Previously on Dec. 14, 2004,… Continue Reading

USDA suggests ‘Best if Used By’ labeling on meat, other foods

New labeling guidance from the USDA that is designed to decrease waste by resolving consumer confusion about “best by” and “sell by” dates on food may also boost in-home food safety practices by providing more specific information. Although infant formula is the only food product that must carry product dating under current federal law, many… Continue Reading

Reconfiguring supply chains can reduce waste, increase safety

Could reducing food waste boil down to a simple equation? Software companies are developing programs that help food processors and retailers reduce waste by measuring company data more effectively. The scope of the problem is clear: Americans toss out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year. This past fall, the U. S.Department of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day, stop wasting food with FoodKeeper

Conservation and waste reduction have been associated with April 22 since the first Earth Day in 1970, with many marking the annual celebration of the third rock by planting trees. For Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting a food safety spin on traditional themes, planting ideas with consumers who seek fewer… Continue Reading

Do the math: Manage food waste with measurements

Reducing food waste could boil down to a mathematical equation as software developers decipher details to help food producers, retailers and foodservice operators solve the problem with data. The scope of the problem is clear, with Americans tossing out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense… Continue Reading

How to Use the ‘Best-By’ Dates on Your Food

With food waste and ugly food making headlines again in recent weeks, we wanted to give you a reminder of what food date labels actually mean. The key takeaway is that a “best-by” or “sell-by” date is not an expiration date and doesn’t necessarily mean that the safety of the food product declines after that… Continue Reading

French Government to Force Supermarkets to Give Away Unsold Food

Attempting to bridge the gap between “an epidemic of food waste” and a hungry subset of its population, the French government will be requiring supermarkets to give unsold food to charities and animal feed operations, according to the Guardian. The bill was passed May 21 with bipartisan support in the French Parliament. It will require… Continue Reading

Peak of 2015 Legislative Season Underway for State Lawmakers

This week marked the beginning of what’s called “the peaking season” for state lawmakers, and it’s seen some food-safety-related bills moving forward without producing any big trends. The “peaking season” refers to the fact that all but three of 50 state legislatures were in session this week, and that lawmaking will continue at this heighten… Continue Reading