Site Pegs How Long Food Really Lasts

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Every year, more food reaches landfills than any other solid waste material in the United States, according to the EPA. That equaled over 34 million tons of food waste in 2010 alone.

Reducing food waste has several environmental, economic and social benefits, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, improved sanitation and better allocation of food for those in need.

EatByDate.com is an online resource designed to help consumers cut down on food waste by educating them on how long food and drinks really last.

“All foods, except infant formula, have a life beyond their printed date,” the website says.

According to EatByDate, the expiration date you’ll find on many food items is not related to food safety.

“The FDA allows manufacturers to stamp their product with a date in order to help the seller determine how long to keep the product on display and to help the purchaser use the product when it is of best quality,” says the website.

EatByDate also explains the differences between confusing ‘Best by,’ ‘Use by,’ and ‘Sell By’ food labels, and offers specific information on the shelf life of hundreds of food and drink items. There is also information on food safety, substitutions, food storage, recipes and more.

Learn more about the shelf life of the food you eat at the EatByDate.com website.