As any consumer will tell you, food expiration dates and labels can be incredibly confusing. Think: Sell by, use by, expires on.
And this isn't just a quirky food marketing problem. Premature tossing of perfectly edible food contributes to Americans wasting up to 50 percent more food than U.S. consumers did in the 1970s, according to National Institutes of Health. And the fallout doesn't end there. Uneaten food is clogging up municipal waste systems and limited landfill space.
On Wednesday, new legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House that would make expiration date labeling more consistent and coherent. The end goal is to help reduce a key trigger of consumer food waste in America.