While the food industry could make changes to date labels voluntarily — such as having the dates read when food is most likely to spoil — the study authors also call for legislation by Congress to develop national standards that would standardize a single set of dating requirements.

Such standards may already be in the works; following the release of the report, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and author of the Freshness Disclosure Act says she will be reintroducing legislation to Congress that calls for establishing a consistent food dating system in the U. “I look forward to reintroducing this legislation this Congress and working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix this glaring gap in our nation’s food safety laws so that American consumers have the information they need,” Lowey said in a statement.

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(MORE: Bad Food: Illnesses from Imported Foods Are on the Rise, CDC Says) Correcting these entrenched misconceptions, however, won’t be easy.

The report authors say the re-education could start with a clearer understanding of what the dates mean.

That means the food does not expire in the sense of becoming inedible.

For un-refrigerated foods, there may be no difference in taste or quality, and expired foods won’t necessarily make people sick.

Every weekend or so, some name composer of mainstream Catholic music is out and about giving a workshop in a parish somewhere.

I’ve been to enough of these to pretty much know what they are going to say in advance.

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While it may not look appetizing, the food is still safe to eat.