The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted a study on how “use by” and “best by” dates on food products could be improved to reduce food waste. The agency examined actions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and concluded with the recommendation that “USDA and FDA develop a mechanism to facilitate coordination with relevant nonfederal stakeholders on actions related to date labels,” according to the agency. “USDA and FDA agreed with our recommendation and are planning actions to implement the recommendation.”

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