Food labelling pact aims to cut food waste
“We as consumers are a bit confused. Because food is not necessarily expensive, when in doubt, people throw it away,” said Ignacio Gavilan, director of sustainability for the Consumer Goods Forum. “So what we basically need is absolute clarity.”
Under the initiative, perishable items such as smoked salmon would have a “use by” date, while other products such as pasta or sugar would have a “best by” date, Gavilan said.
There are “two types of labels but there should be only one on display,” he said.
An estimated 1.3 billion tons of food worldwide is thrown out, with the average American household throwing out $1,500 per year.