Californians have a serious food waste problem on their hands. Los Angeles Magazine reported that over six million tons of food end up in landfills every year, just in California. Experts believe that a lot of the food is still good, and has only been thrown out because of inaccurate expiration dates.
Inaccurate Expiration Dates
The problem is that only baby food expiration dates are regulated by the government, allowing food manufacturers to list expirations that are earlier than actual expiration dates. This causes consumers to throw out food before it actually expires, and the amount of waste is adding up.
Using Food Labels to Reduce Waste
In order to combat the food waste problem, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu, Californians Against Waste and the Natural Resources Defense Council have joined forces. Their solution: a food labeling system that more accurately expresses when food goes bad. Chiu, with the backing of the two environmental groups, has introduced a bill that would adopt two simple dates on food labels: one for a "best if used by" date, and one for the actual expiration date, as determined by the Department of Public Health.
This way, California consumers would know when a food product's quality begins to decline, as well as when consuming it could actually pose a health threat. It is Chiu's hope that this food labeling system will be able to reduce the amount of food that is wasted each year.
For manufacturers that want to do their part to cut down on food waste, a high-performance food labeling printer such as the Afinia L801 Memjet can reflect their values and aspirations. Contact Argon Technology today to learn more about how taking control of your label strategy can provide new opportunities for brand marketing and customer engagement.