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CNBC reports that new legislation has been introduced in the US Senate and House of Representatives "that would make expiration date labeling more consistent and coherent." The end goal of establishing a federal standard for expiration dates, the story says, "is to help reduce a key trigger of consumer food waste in America," which currently "accounts for about 31 percent of the overall food supply available to retailers and consumers."

The new standard for expiration dates, the story says, would be keyed to when food no longer is safe to consume, as opposed to the current standard, which is for when it is at peak quality and freshness.

The story notes that "the companion bills were introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in the Senate, and by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, in the House.
KC's View:
Maybe every product should carry two dates - one that says "best by," and one that says, "expires on." And the nice thing about it is that you wanted to legislate it, the bill could be written on an index card.