How food producers deceive consumers
According to Ted Labuza, a professor of food science and engineering at the University of Minnesota who has studied food for more than half a century, “just because it [food] reaches a certain date on the package is not a guarantee that the food is unsafe.” So what is the truth about sell by, use by, and best before dates on your groceries?
One big problem is that use of these dates on food is not standardized. According to Dana Gunders, a staff scientist with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which co-authored a new report (“The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Data Labels Lead to Food Waste in America”) with Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, explained that “phrases like ‘sell by,’ ‘use by,’ and ‘best before’ are poorly regulated, misinterpreted and leading to a false confidence in food safety.”
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