Americans are wasting $218B in food each year

Officials in Congress are looking to improve food date labels to reduce food waste, after a new study revealed that Americans are wasting $218B on food each year. The changes that could come would be to push for changes in this expiration date system, as the U.S. has no federal standard for “sell-by,” “use-by” or “best by” dates.

“Food manufacturers can pick a random date and game the system … some of them probably want you to buy their food more often, so they put a date that may not be the actual date it goes bad,” according to New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer.

The congressman is leading a bipartisan effort to standardize expiration date terminology across the country.