The Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious.
The solution. Hold your nose and just eat it. Even if it is 18 months past the expiration date.
It sounds yucky, but officials think they’ve got the trick to get moms to feed expired but safe food to kids and adults alike — they’ve even got an app. It’s called FoodKeeper and it is supposed to have a more accurate calculation of food expiration dates, even for baby food and eggs.
USDA provided a video in which one official explains, “Many products may have a sell-by date of say April 1 but they could be good in your pantry for another 12 or 18 months. And by throwing those out, what you’re doing, is you’re contributing to food waste in the United States.” As an example, the video showed boxes of dried pasta.