By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
More than 90% of Americans throw out food prematurely, and 40% of the U.S. food supply is tossed out unused every year because of food dating.
Most people do not understand what ‘Use-by’, ‘Best-by’, and ‘Sell-by’ (so called ‘expiration’) dates really mean on their foods.
The fact that so much food is thrown out is stunning, and unbelievably wasteful…
The following information sourced from TIME.com is important for the prepper, and anyone who is confused about what these ‘Use-by’, ‘Best-by’, and ‘Sell-by’ dates really mean…
Use-by dates are contributing to millions of pounds of wasted food each year.
A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic says Americans are prematurely throwing out food, largely because of confusion over what expiration dates actually mean.
Most consumers mistakenly believe that expiration dates on food indicate how safe the food is to consume, when these dates actually are NOT related to the risk of food poisoning or foodborne illness.
The dates solely indicate freshness, and are used by manufacturers to convey when the product is at its peak. That means the food does not expire in the sense of becoming inedible.
For un-refrigerated foods, there may be no difference in taste or quality, and expired foods won’t necessarily make people sick.
But according to the report’s analysis, words like “Use-by” and “Sell-by” are used so…Continue reading this article at Modern Survival Blog: Use-by, Best-by, and Sell-by Food Expiration Dates