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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 18, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 15, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 29, 2018 Barb Quinn
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 3, 2018 Juliet Waldron People want a labeling system everyone can understand...
Apr 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 30, 2018 Julia Russo
Mar 30, 2018 Marga Childs
Mar 28, 2018 Harriet Shalat
Mar 13, 2018 Lynda Kerr
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2018 DIANE FLETCHER
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 23, 2018 Jodi Ford
Feb 5, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 Samantha Honowitz
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2018 cathy mitchamore
Jan 28, 2018 Brent Sirois
Jan 28, 2018 kim wilbur
Jan 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2018 R.A. Dayton
Jan 28, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 28, 2018 James C Polhemus
Jan 28, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Jan 28, 2018 KL Eckhardt We definitely need clear labeling on all packaged foods, including packaged meats & produce. I must be free of gluten, sugar, flour, and soy because of allergies. Labels are VERY important to me!!
Jan 28, 2018 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Jan 28, 2018 Theresa M. Campbell
Jan 28, 2018 Angela Ramirez
Jan 28, 2018 Mary Delger
Jan 28, 2018 Barbara Bills
Jan 28, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Jan 28, 2018 Diana Spencer
Jan 28, 2018 Mara Kramer
Jan 28, 2018 Gary Gilardi
Jan 28, 2018 Shirley Eichelberger
Jan 28, 2018 Pablo Bobe
Jan 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2018 Bonnie Armontrout
Jan 28, 2018 Susan Babbitt
Jan 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2018 Patrick Libby
Jan 28, 2018 Jerome Burton Jr

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