Academy Supports Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste

08/05/2019 - Studies have shown that Americans are confused by food date labels, resulting in a significant amount of edible food ending up in landfills. Introduced last week by U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree (Maine) and Dan Newhouse (Wash.), the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act (H.R. 3981) will reduce food waste by standardizing date labels on food products and eliminate consumer confusion around food date labeling, ensuring Americans do not throw out perfectly good food.

Academy President Terri J. Raymond was quoted in a press release from Rep. Pingree's office about the bill, stating:

"Food waste is one of the most pressing challenges of our time and one that is solvable. Registered dietitian nutritionists, particularly those who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, are in a unique position: We can influence both consumer and institutional habits related to food safety and waste. This legislation will standardize date labeling for quality and safety across products and will educate the public on the new labeling system. This is a necessary step in addressing waste throughout the country's entire food supply."