But according to food safety experts, most spoiled foods, though unpalatable, aren’t particularly hazardous.” According to the USDA, up to 30 percent of food may be lost or wasted at the retail or consumer level.
One source of food waste arises from consumers or retailers throwing away wholesome food because of confusion about the meaning of dates displayed on the label.
Types of Dates and What They Mean Under optimum conditions, milk should remain fresh five days or longer beyond the sell-by date.
You play a critical role helping your clients understand that food from the Foodbank is not only safe to eat but also remains healthy and flavorful.If the TCS food is not used within seven days it must be discarded. Example: If a product was made on October 15, the use-by date would be October 21.Remember to also label foods that are not being monitored for temperature control. The report argued that clear food product dating would reduce food waste and help to eliminate food insecurity, or the lack of enough food to stay healthy, in the country.In most cases, food products maintain their quality well after the date marked on the package.” Consumers now see dates with these phrases: * “Best if Used By/Before.” This indicates when a product will have the best flavor or quality. * “Sell-By.” This tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. * “Use-By.” This is the last date recommended to use a product at peak quality. GMA and FMI are asking companies to do away with the terms “Expires On” and “Sell By” and replace them with “Best if Used By.” For some highly perishable products like lunch meat or raw oysters, manufacturers could put “Use By” on their products.