The USDA released the FoodKeeper app earlier this month, and I found a lot of the advice confusing. Knowing when food is unsafe and needs to be thrown away is already hard, due in large part to arbitrary sell-by, best-by and use-by dates. All this confusion leads to unnecessary food waste. In this week’s USDA Week in Review video, the government agency addressed the confusion caused by arbitrary dates.
Forward to the 1:25 mark on the video to see USDA FSIS’ Chris Bernstein talk about sell-by dates.
Bernstein goes on to say that if you buy a box of fresh pasta it’s only good for a limited amount of time. Notice the pasta that the video cuts to at the 1:55 mark when Bernstein mentions “fresh pasta.” It’s a box of dry pasta, the kind that Bernstein says can be good for another 12 or 18 months. Ahhhhh…. more confusion from the USDA.
A while back I informally polled my Facebook friends and asked them what they thought about the “use-by” date. A surprising amount of them said they throw the food away no matter what it is because the food is no good after that date.
Now I have something concrete to show them.
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