The website Eat By Date can reduce food waste

Food waste is often unintentional at home. Some packages say “best before” and others “sell by.” But when is it actually no longer safe to eat the food?

It can be confusing, so many people play it safe and just toss food out by whatever date is listed—regardless of the sell by, eat by, or best by phrase before it.

That’s a problem because food expiration dates aren’t federally regulated, so we could be wasting perfectly good food.

If you find yourself in a similar dilemma, a useful resource to check is the website Eat By Date. When in doubt, you can look up the food in question and potentially curb the amount of food that is unnecessarily wasted in your home.

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