(CBSNEWS.COM) – This past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released food labeling guidelines aimed at reducing the amount of good food that gets thrown out because people think it has gone bad.READ MORE: U.S.-Mexico Border Arrests During Summer Remain At Highest Level In Decades
Just about every packaged product in the grocery store has a date on it. Some say “best by,” “use by” or “sell by.”
Sasha Stashwick with the National Resource Defense Council said nine out of 10 shoppers are confused by the different dates.READ MORE: COVID-19 Booster Shot Not Yet FDA-Authorized, But Some Not Waiting
“The average family is actually throwing away about $1,500 a year in food that is perfectly good to eat,” she said.
To clear up confusion the U.S. Department of Agriculture now wants just one label — “best if used by.” It’s asking egg, meat and dairy manufacturers to use it.MORE NEWS: North Texas School Districts Grapple With Learning Loss And Keeping Teachers, Students From Getting COVID-19