California Looks to Change Labeling Rules in Bid to Address Food WasteCalifornia Looks to Change Labeling Rules in Bid to Address Food Waste
April 7, 2016
A proposed bill in California will implement a new standard for food labeling to help reduce food waste. It would require separate labeling for “Best if used by” and “expires on” to help clarify with consumers how long food is safe to consume.
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This bill hopes to solve a real problem – the staggering amount of healthy, consumable food wasted every day in California.
California is, of course, the largest state in the country, and that’s important. When a huge chunk of the market changes its regulations, the country often follows. Producers don’t want to create separate labels for California and the rest of America. Chances are, if this passes, its impacts will be felt far beyond the Golden State.
The benefits will go far beyond just reducing waste. Such standardization will benefit the economy, the environment and, ideally, help give access to healthy food to those who don’t have it currently.