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The expiration date on your food doesn’t mean what you think it means

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DANA GUNDERS, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the Los Angeles Times that the expiration date is actually the manufacturer’s recommendation for when the food is at peak quality, not when food is spoiled or unsafe. In a hearing entitled, “Food Waste From Field Table” before the Committee on Agriculture this week, she said, “Up to 86 percent of consumers at least occasionally discard food prematurely because they misinterpret dates to mean the food is unsafe to eat.”

To read more of her testimony in favor of an act that would standardize food date labels, click here and then listen to our conversation with Dana here.

Melanie Breault
Melanie Breault
Melanie Breault is the Web Editor and Social Media Specialist for Sandi Klein's Conversations with Creative Women.