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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

Food Safety to the Rescue

The Key to Donations of Fresher, More Nutritious Food

Who doesn’t love a good rescue story? But now imagine one that involves rescuing millions and millions of pounds of nutritious foods from being taken to landfills and sending them to hungry people instead. Welcome to Grocery Rescue, a program that redirects perishable foods that stores identify as unmarketable but still safe for people to… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Leib on Expiration Dates and Food Waste

Harvard School of Law lecturer Emily Broad Leib sat down with Food Safety News to discuss problems related to food waste and expiration dates at the 2014 conference for the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held earlier this month in Indianapolis, IN. As Leib describes it, up to 50 percent of food produced in the… Continue Reading

Date Labels on Food are Unrelated to Food Safety and Lead to Massive Waste

Opinion

This originally appeared Sept. 18 on Switchboard, the staff blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Forty percent of the food we produce in this country never gets eaten. That’s nearly half our food, wasted – not just on our plates, but in our refrigerators and pantries, in our grocery stores and on our farms. Much… Continue Reading

Food Safety Paying the Price of Higher Grocery Prices?

The Food Price Index – produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – suggests we are paying less for food this year than we did for much of 2010 and 2011. But research conducted in the United Kingdom finds that these tight food budgets might have some food safety ramifications. According… Continue Reading