Confusion over best buy dates and the impact that has on food waste is
something I've posted about before. One organization on the forefront
of clearing up this confusion is the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.
They've recently released a short film (5 and a half minute video in
the link) highlighting best-buy dates on milk. They focus on a law in
Minnesota under which milk must be thrown away 12 days after production,
and how that creates endless gallons of milk waste in that state. In an
effort to fight this, legislation will be introduced in the US Senate
this month to standardize date labels. It's amazing how these seemingly
innocuous marks of ink can have tremendous impacts on food waste and how
they can override common sense about food safety.
Have a great weekend,
Is that milk past its 'sell by' date? Drink it anyway.
Emily Broad Leib
February 11, 2015
P.S: On a related note, there will be a film tomorrow night at 9:30 in
Gainesville at the Cinema Verde Film Festival Called "Wastecooking, Make
Food Not Waste."