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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 20, 2018 S Mendon
Jun 19, 2018 Laura Shields
Jun 19, 2018 Edith Bonnette
Jun 19, 2018 Darlene Peters
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 18, 2018 Cassandra Barton
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 17, 2018 Debra Wilhoit
Jun 17, 2018 Debra Dooley
Jun 17, 2018 Marcy Lauer
Jun 17, 2018 JoAnn Natarelli Please, I can't tell you how many times I have searched looking for the expiration date on a product,than just thrown it away, because I couldn't tell by looking at it.
Jun 17, 2018 Debbie Lafferty
Jun 17, 2018 Wendy Kee
Jun 16, 2018 Zora Bryant
Jun 15, 2018 Kim Young
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Hensley
Jun 7, 2018 Ileana Burnett
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 6, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jun 6, 2018 Jessie Dora
Jun 5, 2018 chris brazis
Jun 4, 2018 Emma-Lou Saxby-Tisdell
Jun 4, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jun 4, 2018 Deborah Bratcher
Jun 4, 2018 Marcia Ayres
Jun 4, 2018 Doreen DeLuca It's so sad that the FDA hasn't already come to this realization on their own.
Jun 4, 2018 Paula Hunt
Jun 4, 2018 Stella Gambardella
Jun 2, 2018 Terri Texcell
Jun 2, 2018 Michelle Macris Please stop the confusion and the waste! Providing us with clear date information would do both. Let legislation on this matter begin. Thank you!
Jun 2, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Jun 2, 2018 jocely,e coenart
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Yvonne Beran
Jun 2, 2018 Sharon Lopez
Jun 2, 2018 KATHY GARCIA COME ON PEOPLE THIS ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE AND SHOULD BE A GIVEN. THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US, YOUR FAMILY, MY FAMILY, THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR. THIS SHOULD NOT EVEN BE QUESTIONED JUST DO IT AND DO IT RIGHT.
Jun 2, 2018 luc Boivin
Jun 1, 2018 Deborah Myers
Jun 1, 2018 Bonita Easley
May 31, 2018 Mrs. Leonard Bender
May 31, 2018 aLeXX GoloWin
May 31, 2018 Ann Conney
May 30, 2018 Kristen Zurick
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
May 24, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 24, 2018 Katherina Barrera
May 23, 2018 Peter Bartle

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