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Newsome R.,Institute of Technologists | Balestrini C.G.,Grocery Manufacturers Assn | Baum M.D.,Feeding America | Corby J.,Assn. of Food and Drug Officials | And 6 more authors.
Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety | Year: 2014

Open dating of food products has been practiced for decades, and has been key to achieving stock rotation at retail and providing information to consumers. The open date provides a simple communication tool, which may be based on product quality and/or food safety as determined by the manufacturer or retailer. Date marking is generally open but it can be closed (code intended for managing product at retail, and for recall and traceability), and the terminology and applications vary widely around the world. The variation in date labeling terms and uses contributes to substantial misunderstanding by industry and consumers and leads to significant unnecessary food loss and waste, misapplication of limited resources, unnecessary financial burden for the consumer and the food industry, and may also lead to potential food safety risk in regards to perishable foods. A "use by" or similar date cannot be relied on to indicate or guarantee food safety because absolute temperature control of food products throughout the food supply chain cannot be assured. This paper provides an introduction to the issue of food product date labeling and addresses its history in the United States, different terms used and various practices, U.S. and international frameworks, quality compared with safety, adverse impacts of misconceptions about date labeling, and advantages of technological innovations. Collaboration to develop a simple workable solution to address the challenges faced by stakeholders would have tremendous benefit. Conclusions include a call to action to move toward uniformity in date labeling, thereby decreasing confusion among stakeholders and reducing food waste. © 2014 Institute of Food Technologists®.


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Food Marketing Institute | Date: 2013-04-09

Reports of interest to the food and grocery industry. Association services, namely, promoting the interests of the food and grocery industry. Educational services, namely, conducting conferences and seminars for the food and grocery industry.


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Food Marketing Institute | Date: 2014-05-01

pre-recorded CDs and downloadable videos for training in the field of food safety and sanitation. educational publications, namely, training and testing manuals in the field of food safety and sanitation for the food industry. educational services, namely, providing training to the food industry for certification in food safety and sanitation and distribution of materials in connection therewith.


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Food Marketing Institute | Date: 2012-01-06

Reports of interest to the food and grocery industry. Association services, namely, promoting the interests of the food and grocery industry. Educational services, namely, conducting conferences and seminars for the food and grocery industry.


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Food Marketing Institute | Date: 2012-01-06

Reports of interest to the food and grocery industry. Association services, namely, promoting the interests of the food and grocery industry. Educational services, namely, conducting conferences and seminars for the food and grocery industry.

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