September 19th, 2013
03:41 PM ET

Do You Throw Out Food By Sell-By Dates?

Are you wasting food every week because you think you're being safe? A new study says, yes!

It's about those labels on your food that say "sell by" or "best by," one poll shows that 91% of consumers say they've thrown out food past its "sell-by" sate because they're afraid it's not safe. The truth is, they probably don't need to.

Emily Broad Leib, the Director of Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic, and co-author of the new study, stopped by New Day to discuss:

"The big take-away from our study is really, these dates are not regulated and most people think that they have meaning, but in fact, at the federal level, the only food that has rules about date-labels is infant formula. Everything else is made up by states and by companies, there's… really no legal definition around them."


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