Connecticut Senator Poised to Introduce Date-Labeling Legislation
Citing annual costs of $1,500 in wasted food to the average American
family, and a “dizzying array of misleading labels,” U.S. Sen. Dick
Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is reportedly poised to introduce a proposal that
would establish uniform national standards for food dating.
“Terms like ‘best by,’ ‘sell by’ and ‘use by’ have no bearing on food safety,
leading 90 percent of Americans to throw away food past those dates out
of mistaken concern for food safety risks,” Blumenthal said in a February
19, 2016, Facebook post.
According to the Hartford Courant, Blumenthal’s legislation would
require labels to indicate the duration of a product’s quality by providing
dates preceded by “best if used by.” The proposal would also mandate
that “high-risk foods,” including hot dogs and deli meats, to carry
labeling with “expires on” dates.
A similar initiative was included in provisions of the Food Recovery Act
of 2015 (H.R. 4184), which was referred to the House Subcommittee on
Health in December 2015. See Hartford Courant, February 18, 2016.