The bill would specify that it does not create a legal liability for a retail food provider to ensure that the manufacturer has properly labeled the product The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state.Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.In some cases, it might mean that the taste, texture, or consistency has changed.The Food Date Labeling Act aims to standardize food date labeling, and simplify regulatory compliance. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in standardizing the labels.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.(d) Reducing food losses by just 15 percent would be equivalent to enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year.According to estimates, more than 6 million Californians, including one in four children, suffer from food insecurity.(e) Dumping uneaten food and other organic waste into landfills releases more than 8.3 million tons of greenhouse gases each year in California, contributing 20 percent of the state’s methane emissions.(f) Misinterpretation of the date labels on foods is a key factor leading to food waste in American households, and surveys show that 56 to 90 percent of consumers discard food prematurely as a result of misinterpreting food date labels.Many consumers assume that date labels indicate that food is unsafe to eat, and they end up tossing it with the reasoning that it’s better to be safe than sorry.In reality, however, most “sell by” labels refer to the date after which the manufacturer has decided the quality of the food might be less than ideal.
Sometimes, the date is prefaced by the words “use by” or “best before.” Sometimes it’s a “sell by” date. And the trouble with date labels extends beyond the dairy case and into the rest of the grocery store aisles.It’s time to settle that argument, end the confusion, and stop throwing away perfectly good food,” Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced in a statement she released yesterday in conjunction with a federal bill called Food Date Labeling Act.