On Wednesday, two of the largest trade associations in the food industry announced that
they would do away with “sell by” labels.
They’re going to standardize
the food dates on labels as part of a voluntary initiative.
The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers
Association will begin phasing the two standardized freshness and
quality labels immediately, with the goal of having every member company
use them by summer 2018.
The phrases are:
1. BEST if Used By
This label will reflect a “quality date.”
2. USE By
This label will reflect a firm expiration date. Foods should be disposed of after this date.
Using common product date wording could eliminate confusion and result in Americans throwing out less food. Read more (2/15/17 5:36 PM)