Why congress is looking at labels to curb food waste

According to a recent Harvard Food Law Policy Clinic´s report. Up to 91 percent of Americans polled said that they have occasionally thrown away food after its “sell by” date, even though half of them did not know the meaning of the label. In response to the huge amount of food that goes to waste every year, Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill that will standardise food labelling across the United States, to eliminate the confusion that leads to wasted food.

“One of the most common arguments people seem to have at home is about whether or not food should be thrown out just because the date on the label has passed” Representative Pingree said in a press release. “It´s time to settle that argument, end the confusion and stop throwing away perfectly good food.”

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