Food Waste Related to Confusing Labels
U.S. consumers and businesses needlessly throw away billions of pounds of food every year as a result of America's confusion with food expiration date labeling practices. According to this report, $165 billion of edible food is tossed in the trash annually and 40 percent of U.S. food production never gets eaten.
Confusion over dates, according to a survey by the Food Marketing Institute, leads nine out of 10 Americans to needlessly throw away food. For the average family of four, this could translate to several hundred dollars' worth of food being thrown away every year.