“This new guidance can help consumers save money and curb the amount of wholesome food going in the trash,” said Al Almanza, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety.
Product dating is not required under federal regulations except for infant formula, and the lack of a uniform approach has “caused consumer confusion and led to the disposal of food that is otherwise wholesome and safe,” claims FSIS.
“FSIS is changing its guidance to recommend the use of ‘Best if Used By’ because research shows that this phrase is easily understood by consumers as an indicator of quality, rather than safety.”
Comments on the revised guidance may be submitted HERE (docket number FSIS-2016-0044) for 60 days.
Read more HERE.
'Best if Used By/Before' indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a safety date.
'Sell-By' tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.
'Use-By' is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date.