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When Walmart made a similar change, they went from 47 phrases down to one.
The FMI/GMA guidance closely follows the recommendations from NRDC and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic’s landmark 2013 report, "The Dating Game: How Confusing Labels Land Billions of Pounds of Food in the Trash," which brought the issue into the spotlight." Gunders said phrases that are used on food labels "need to have some meaning attached to them." She said phrases such as "at their peak quality" or date of "maximum freshness" versus "use by" would make it easier for consumers to make appropriate decisions about shelf life. Nita Lowey, however, is calling for federal legislation."I think the important thing to note is those dates on food are not intended to indicate safety," she said. The New York Democrat said she plans to reintroduce the Freshness Disclosure Act that she has been trying to get through Congress since 1999."That's the key." And once the milk is open, don't put it back into the refrigerator without the cap."Every time you open the gable top or bottle you are exposing the milk to microbes in the air that can then grow and spoil the milk," Labuza said.
"Expiration dates are in need of some serious myth-busting because they're leading us to waste money and throw out perfectly good food, along with all of the resources that went into growing it," said Dana Gunders, staff scientist with the NRDC's food and agriculture program.