US Food Groups Want Simplified Labels on Food ProductsInk Well Mag February 28, 2017 0 COMMENTS
The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association in the U.S. wants to simplify food labels on a product by suggesting two short phrases: “Use by” and “Best if used by.”
The pair of proposed labels on shrink sleeves for bottles and on other packaging material will help in clearing the air of confusion among shoppers when buying food. Most of us have had a difficult time in determining an item’s freshness just by looking at the ingredients.
Too many labels such as “Sell By”, “Use By”, “Expires On” or “Best Before” are not helping either. With only two phrases, the two food groups expect that shoppers will find it easier to know when to consume a product for safety reasons.
It remains to be seen if companies will adopt the practice since they are not ultimately required to follow it. Still, the recommendation marks a positive step towards resolving a long-standing issue among consumers.
For food manufacturers that intend to comply with the simpler labeling, the public can expect to see them on grocery shelves by the summer of 2018.
The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association said that the “Best if used by” phrase on food labels will be mainly used for non-perishable goods, while the “Use by” phrase will apply to consumable products.
The initiative is expected to benefit consumers by reducing food waste and therefore, saving money. It will also help the environment since less waste will mean less time and effort for cleaning it.
Keep in mind that labels only serve as a guide for consumers like you to be more aware of food safety. The best thing to do when you are unsure if a product has become spoiled is to discard it immediately. The price of wasting expired food will definitely cost less than a hospital bill.