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Food expiration dates
Some food expiration dates are baloney.
A new study found 90 percent of American throw out food because of confusion over the sell by, use by or best before dates on food products and packages.
That report was published by the National Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School.
The study and the Director of Food Safety at the Florida Department of Agriculture say the date label system refer to freshness, not food safety.
Manufacturers decide which labels to use and what they mean, so theres no consistency in the labeling system.
A 2012 study by the NRDC shows Americans throw out about 40% of food produced in the U.S., costing a family of four $455 a year.
The sniff test can help determine whether or not the food in your fridge is safe to eat.
When in doubt, throw it out.