‘Best Before’ labels scrutinized as food waste concerns grow

  • A “SELL BY” date is stamped on a wrap around Manchego cheese, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, in Chicago. As awareness grows around the world about the problem of food waste, one culprit in particular is drawing scrutiny: “best before” labels. Manufacturers have used the labels for decades to estimate peak freshness. Unlike “use by” labels, which are found on perishable foods like meat and dairy, “best before” labels have nothing to do with safety and may encourage consumers to throw away food that’s perfectly fine to eat. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

As awareness grows around the world about the problem of food waste, one culprit in particular is drawing scrutiny: “best before” labels.