Chellie Pingree

'Best If Used By' labels will reduce food waste, USDA says

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food sellers who use product dating labels should switch to the phrase "Best If Used By" to help reduce confusion and food waste.

Consumers are less likely to find such labels confusing than other widely used ones such as "Sell By" and "Use By," the agency said this week. Here are some of the ramifications of the USDA's move:



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the new guideline Wednesday as part of an effort to cut back on food that gets thrown out when it could be eaten or donated. The agency estimates 30 percent of food is lost or wasted,...