Shopping For Standard Food Date Labels

Law360, New York (August 25, 2017, 1:06 PM EDT) — Your milk says “use by.” Your cheese says “best by.” Those pastries? “Enjoy before.” Supermarket shelves are overflowing with food and beverage products bearing a dizzying array of date labels.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) report that at least 10 different date labels on packages — such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By — are currently in the marketplace.[1] This hodgepodge of date labels has fomented consumer confusion and led…

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