Monday, March 17, 2014

The Real Expiration Date for Common Foods

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

The regulation guidelines for expired foods are few and arbitrary. They are also voluntary. They sprang up in the 1970s for more consumer information and perceived freshness. Expiration labels are only required by law for infant formula and baby foods; other laws regarding dairy are left up to some states and vary.

There is waste before, during and after a food item's grocery stay. Now, more than ever, when throwing out food we're unsure of, it feels like trashing bags of money - and most of it is completely unnecessary. But nobody wants to read yet another scolding article about it. So...

Now that we know our expiration labels don't tell us anything at all - where do we go from here? What can we eat with confidence?