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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


Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 19, 2017 Christopher Dennis
Jun 19, 2017 Michele Mika
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 Mary Jean Sharp
Jun 19, 2017 Irene W. Dowdell
Jun 19, 2017 Jennie deBeausset
Jun 19, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Jun 19, 2017 R. Denis Cole
Jun 19, 2017 Joan Borstell
Jun 19, 2017 Lisa Shantz
Jun 19, 2017 Charlotte Tancin
Jun 19, 2017 Richard Parke
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 EJ Frost
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 Melanie Irwin
Jun 19, 2017 Edith Glass
Jun 19, 2017 Joy Manz
Jun 19, 2017 Maria Prinsloo
Jun 19, 2017 Victoria Parshall
Jun 19, 2017 Nora Groeneweg
Jun 19, 2017 Janice Thompson
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 Tony Lilich
Jun 19, 2017 tony pallini
Jun 19, 2017 Jo Anne Godwin Labeling is important to indicate when food should be used by or sold by, so that food does not go to waste or cause illness or death. Please pass legislation to create nationally recognized guidelines for expiration dates. Thanks.
Jun 19, 2017 Joy Smiley
Jun 19, 2017 W. Higbee
Jun 19, 2017 Debi Hertel
Jun 18, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Jun 13, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 23, 2017 LOUIS SALTZMAN
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 18, 2017 Gordon Levy
May 18, 2017 Antoinette Soderholm
May 15, 2017 Susan Schifter
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 6, 2017 Steven Schueller
May 6, 2017 Susan Schueller
May 6, 2017 Carol Bostick
May 6, 2017 Ann Moriarity Standardizing food expiration dates will save tons of food from being wasted and save families money.
May 6, 2017 K M It needs to be standardized, so good food is not thrown away as bad, and that we can tell when food really is bad.
May 6, 2017 Craig Ballweg
May 6, 2017 Mary Towers
May 6, 2017 Jason Wood

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