So remember, just because a package has a date on it; it does not mean you have to charge off to the trash can and throw out the food. While this may be good for the corporate bottom-line, it does not bode well for world conservation or your home pocket book.A new study revealed that almost half the food in the country (U. Food reports that "Timothy Jones, an anthropologist at the UA Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, has spent the last 10 years measuring food loss, including the last eight under a grant from the US department of agriculture (USDA)." Mr Jones learned in his study that this food loss came from edible food that is discarded daily as well as waste during the production and retail process. It doesn't hurt that the majority of dairy foods also taste great just as they are. They also happen to be extremely versatile, forming the basis for many a sauce, spread, cream, dessert, dip, and so much more.We need to stress that the program will be voluntary so there may not be 100% compliance by that date. People throw out a lot of good food because they simply don't understand those dates," says Mary Wenberg, a registered dietitian and food safety specialist.She has worked the meat and poultry hotline for the United States Department of Agriculture for 11 years.Some dates have become marketing devices for product manufactures.
As a shopper I'm sure you are aware of the many different versions of the best by and use by expiration date terms. The first will be “USE By” which will tell you when it is no longer safe to use perishable foods and the other is “BEST IF USED" which is an informational date that tells you when the product will be at it's freshest (but continues to be edible). Milk, cheese, and yogurt are nutrient-rich foods abundant in calcium, potassium, vitamins, and protein essential for human growth and development. All these questions, and more, are answered here in the Dairy section of Eat By Date.The goal is to get product manufacturers and retailers to adopt the new labeling by 2018.
The movement is to clear up consumer confusion and reduce food waste caused by consumer uncertainty about the safety of the food past a certain date.
According to several sources including the USDA there are 20 states that require some mandatory labeling for dairy products.