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When it comes to feeding our families, there should be no second guessing whether commercially available food is safe or nutritious. For too long, the lax requirements dealing with food expiration dates have prompted confusing labeling at best, resulting in hundreds of thousands of tons in wasted food and hungry households.

Apart from baby formula, there is no federally mandated system in the United States to classify dates by which products must be sold by, are freshest by, and expire, and the differences between. Fewer than 25 states currently require dating labels at all, and where it is required, the date may refer to some characteristic other than food quality.

The USDA maintains that "use-by" and "sell-by" dates may not determine when a product needs to be thrown away, and that products may still be "safe, wholesome, and of good quality" after that period if handled properly. But such obscure details are lost on many, leading to at least 40 percent of all food in the US going to waste, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The inefficiencies of this system are putting the nutritional needs of a significant and growing number of Americans at risk. In a 2015 report by Feeding America, it was found that 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children.

While staggering, these numbers cannot be reduced without an adequate and easily employed solution to determining quality and freshness. Such an option has been proposed by the private and nonprofit collaborative ReFED, formed in 2015 to draw up a "Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste."

ReFED's plan, standardizing date labeling throughout the country, could feasibly prevent 400,000 tons of food going to waste in its first year alone.

Other innovations in label design could provide solutions to the problem as well. In a Wired article from July 2016, a strip that changes color to indicate freshness over time was proposed, as were design alterations to ingredient details that simplify and emphasize important nutritional facts.

We need legislation at the federal level which creates a nationally recognized system for expiration dates, requiring labels indicate a food's peak freshness date as well as the date after which the food is unsafe to eat. The technology to do so is not only available, but easily implemented.

Sign below and tell the FDA's Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements that national standards for expiration dates need to be put in place now!

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Dear Food and Drug Administration, Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements,

For far too long, the lax requirements dealing with food expiration dates have prompted confusing labeling at best, resulting in hundreds of thousands of tons in wasted food and hungry households.

When it comes to feeding our families, there should be no second guessing whether commercially available food is safe or nutritious.

Apart from baby formula, there is no federally mandated system in the United States to classify dates by which products must be sold by, are freshest by, and expire, and the differences between. Fewer than 25 states currently require dating labels at all, and where it is required, the date may refer to some characteristic other than food quality.

The USDA maintains that "use-by" and "sell-by" dates may not determine when a product needs to be thrown away, and that products may still be "safe, wholesome, and of good quality" after that period if handled properly. But such obscure details are lost on many, leading to at least 40 percent of all food in the US going to waste, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The inefficiencies of this system are putting the nutritional needs of a significant and growing number of Americans at risk. In a 2015 report by Feeding America, 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children.

While staggering, these numbers cannot be reduced without an adequate and easily employed solution to determining quality and freshness. Such an option has been proposed by the private and nonprofit collaborative ReFED, formed in 2015 to draw up a "Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste."

ReFED's plan, standardizing date labeling throughout the country, could feasibly prevent 400,000 tons of food waste even year.

Other innovations in label design could provide solutions to the problem as well. In a Wired article from July 2016, a strip that changes color to indicate freshness over time was proposed, as were design alterations to ingredient details that simplify and emphasize important nutritional facts.

We as Americans deserve a better system, and the technology to do so is not only available, but easily implemented.

I demand legislation at the federal level to create nationally recognized guidelines for expiration dates, requiring labels indicate a food's peak freshness date as well as the date after which the food is unsafe to eat.

 

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 4, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Jan 4, 2017 Anthony Charles
Jan 2, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Dec 31, 2016 Donna Sawyer
Dec 30, 2016 Gen Agustsson fruits and vegetables do not cause disease! only animal proteins do cause disease related to parasites. fruits and veggies have labels for expiration date but not all?
Dec 26, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 22, 2016 Dennis Kaplan
Dec 18, 2016 Becky Anderson
Dec 15, 2016 Sondra McMurray
Dec 15, 2016 Judy Howell
Dec 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2016 Joann Rabideau More specification of preservatives in can foods.
Dec 15, 2016 (Name not displayed) I think we should have expiration dates on all food in all 50 States!!!
Dec 15, 2016 Judy Ortiz
Dec 15, 2016 Jessica Davis
Dec 15, 2016 Limaries Phillips
Dec 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2016 Paula Kessler
Dec 15, 2016 Mary Beades Find a cure for Type zone diabetes
Dec 15, 2016 Jana Patterson Diabetics need labels on all their good. This disease is so hard to mange as it is. Please help us.
Dec 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2016 Melissa Efird
Dec 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2016 kelly holling
Dec 15, 2016 Loli Diad
Dec 15, 2016 Shelly Bean
Dec 15, 2016 Ellen Sherman Good food and shelter are paramount for good physical and mental health
Dec 15, 2016 Donna Matthews
Dec 15, 2016 Jennie Leary
Dec 14, 2016 clare burg
Dec 14, 2016 Elizabeth Peterson
Dec 14, 2016 Judith Workman
Dec 14, 2016 Amy Warren
Dec 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2016 Elizabeth Harris You shouldn't have to choose between living W/meds or eating...
Dec 14, 2016 (Name not displayed) Yes this should be done
Dec 14, 2016 angela potter
Dec 14, 2016 kim Gabryjelski
Dec 14, 2016 Jean Tamargo
Dec 14, 2016 Julie Minda
Dec 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2016 Roman Marek
Dec 13, 2016 Szymon Marek
Dec 13, 2016 Agnieszka Marek
Dec 13, 2016 Jan Marek

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