Confusing sell-by dates on food may be costing you money

Video: TODAY’s Jeff Rossen investigates a new study that says those “sell by” and “use by” dates on foods aren’t what consumers think they are, leading them to discard foods that may be still good weeks, months or even years past those dates.

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years past those dates.

DISCOUNT SUPERMARKETS OFFER HUGE SAVINGS BY SELLING EXPIRED FOOD

Grocery bills can be more 10 percent of American’s household expenses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But when buying items on sale or using coupons isn’t enough, some shop at discount or salvage grocery stores. What’s that, you ask?

YOU MIGHT BE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE WITH ‘BEST BY’ AND ‘SELL BY’ DATES

A new report from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council found misunderstandings about food dates is contributes significantly to food waste in the United States.

Food Product Dating

“Sell by Feb 14” is a type of information you might find on a meat or poultry product. Are dates required on food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date? Here is some background information which answers these and other questions about product dating.

Is it OK to Eat Expired Food?

Grocery shoppers beware: It’s likely that a few of the items in your cart should have been removed from the shelves because they were past the expiration date. But chances are you won’t know that because in most states expiration dates aren’t required, and where dating is mandatory it is inconsistent and confusing.


Food expired? Don’t be so quick to toss it

Use-by dates are contributing to millions of pounds of wasted food each year. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic says Americans are prematurely throwing out food, largely because of confusion over what expiration dates actually mean.

Get the ‘Real Answers’ on What Those Food Expiration Labels Mean

If you think you need to throw out the food in your fridge after the expiration dates have passed, think again.

Shelf Life/Expiration Dating

There are no regulations or requirements under current United States law that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products. Manufacturers have the responsibility to determine shelf life for products, as part of their responsibility to substantiate product safety. FDA believes that failure to do so may cause a product to be adulterated or misbranded.