Food Label Dates About To Get Easier To Understand

February 21, 2017

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What is the difference between 'sell by', 'use by' and 'best before' on food packages? The confusion has led to many people tossing out perfectly edible food.  So to cut down on the confusion, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) agreed to a voluntary initiative to clear the clutter.  Starting in early 2018, there will only be two labels to indicate food freshness, BEST if Used By and USE By. BEST if used By simply means the food should be used by the date for the best quality, however the food is still edible.  USE By is for perishable food items or a safety concern beyond its date; essentially an expiration date. The new labeling is an attempt to eliminate confusion over when a product is safe to eat and should lead to more products being consumed instead of being unnecessarily chucked out.

SOURCE: Fortune

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