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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


Mar 22, 2017 Tracy Goestenkors
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Mar 21, 2017 Stephen Schmiedlin
Mar 21, 2017 k v
Mar 21, 2017 Estella Edwards
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 20, 2017 Raphaël PONCE
Mar 20, 2017 Anitra Gordon
Mar 19, 2017 Jane Broyles
Mar 19, 2017 Martha Jones
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 16, 2017 JOHN RUDOLPH
Mar 15, 2017 susana agostinho
Mar 15, 2017 Angela Peters
Mar 14, 2017 TUSHAR SEN
Mar 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Mar 14, 2017 Pollyana Harmon for humanity
Mar 13, 2017 Melora Jackson
Mar 13, 2017 Diane Clark
Mar 12, 2017 Edward Magliocco
Mar 12, 2017 Rita Leone
Mar 12, 2017 J.J. Green
Mar 11, 2017 Kimberley Duve
Mar 11, 2017 Sigfrido Losada Torreiro
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Mar 10, 2017 Marilyn Williams
Mar 10, 2017 Chris Gill
Mar 10, 2017 Larry Branson
Mar 10, 2017 Kristina Emily
Mar 10, 2017 Heather Zito
Mar 9, 2017 Marolyne Williams We need to know when all foods expire.
Mar 9, 2017 Deborah Lombardi
Mar 9, 2017 Carola Roy
Mar 9, 2017 Sheila Pedraza
Mar 9, 2017 Ben Simons
Mar 8, 2017 Christine Wintour
Mar 8, 2017 Melissa Harlan
Mar 8, 2017 Barbara Schultz
Mar 7, 2017 Nadezhda Stanimirova
Mar 7, 2017 Valerie King
Mar 7, 2017 Suzette Henderson
Mar 7, 2017 Debbie Langenfeld
Mar 6, 2017 julie ellis
Mar 6, 2017 Jennifer Horsmon
Mar 6, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Mar 6, 2017 Marilyn Campolettano
Mar 6, 2017 Donald Garlit
Mar 6, 2017 Carol McMahon
Mar 5, 2017 Rod (Rodney) Marchetta A LONG over due fix for those less fortunate and go hungry.
Mar 5, 2017 Susan Price

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