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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


Sep 19, 2017 Richard Pendarvis
Sep 19, 2017 Daisy Costa
Sep 18, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Sep 15, 2017 Robin Shepard
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Page
Sep 12, 2017 Janis Higgins
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 9, 2017 Cinzia Moore
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2017 Lens Lucas
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 30, 2017 Martin Henz
Aug 25, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 25, 2017 Mark Levin
Aug 25, 2017 Shirley Patterson
Aug 24, 2017 Arlyn Germany I want to know when the food expires and I want it to be legal to know thank you.
Aug 24, 2017 Chris Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Katrina Shawley
Aug 23, 2017 Diane M McCoy
Aug 23, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 13, 2017 Susan Allen
Aug 13, 2017 Robert Sanders
Aug 13, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 11, 2017 choky alvarez
Aug 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2017 Melissa Bird
Aug 11, 2017 Margaret Jensen
Aug 9, 2017 Lois Freeman
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2017 Danielle Schultz
Aug 7, 2017 AniMae Chi
Aug 4, 2017 Arrie Hammel Serious business!
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2017 Lynette Schultz
Aug 1, 2017 Marlo Stevenson
Aug 1, 2017 Francine Allen
Jul 29, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 29, 2017 Liz LaFour
Jul 27, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 27, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Jul 25, 2017 Nadine Miller
Jul 23, 2017 Rachel Howe
Jul 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2017 Tara Spires
Jul 22, 2017 Mr. Keith Horne
Jul 21, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 16, 2017 John Chambers
Jul 13, 2017 jan weeks RD

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