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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

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


Mar 30, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Mar 29, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 28, 2017 Teresa Petrovics
Mar 28, 2017 Moe Khan Shocking that in the USA. Can't imagine without in Australia.
Mar 27, 2017 Maryann Smale
Mar 27, 2017 jamie pickstone
Mar 27, 2017 Sheena Warren
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Mar 26, 2017 Jim Christiansen
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
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Mar 25, 2017 Rose Avakian
Mar 25, 2017 ELENI DEMETRIOU
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Mar 25, 2017 Marjory Lant
Mar 25, 2017 Heidi Parvela
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Glennis Whitney
Mar 24, 2017 Chris Sackiw
Mar 24, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Mar 24, 2017 Toni Seese
Mar 24, 2017 Katherine Kautz Help Americans by providing the correct information about the products we buy.
Mar 24, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri We need legislation at the federal level to create a nationally recognized system for expiration dates, labels to show a food's peak freshness date & the date after which the food is unsafe.The technology to do so is available & easily implemented!
Mar 24, 2017 Stefanie Marriott
Mar 24, 2017 Donna Kantner
Mar 24, 2017 Cindy Risvold
Mar 24, 2017 Sarah Cockerill
Mar 24, 2017 Linda Fighera
Mar 24, 2017 Lisa Dowling
Mar 24, 2017 Judith Swain
Mar 24, 2017 célia janssens
Mar 24, 2017 Rosanne Anderson
Mar 24, 2017 Jeff Foreman
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Mar 24, 2017 Hiroe Watanabe
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) This issue is too important to not be taken care of!
Mar 24, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
Mar 24, 2017 susan bigelow
Mar 24, 2017 Alicia Baker
Mar 24, 2017 Virginie Lopez
Mar 24, 2017 Lynn Cardiff
Mar 24, 2017 Peggy Rollie
Mar 24, 2017 Bianca Constance
Mar 24, 2017 Kat Gallagher
Mar 24, 2017 Justina Lane
Mar 24, 2017 Bryna Schreier
Mar 24, 2017 Pat Wagner

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