More Haste to Reduce Food Waste: Adopting Food Date Labeling Standards Under Priority Area Four of the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative

Allyson Wade


It is estimated that 30–40% of the food supply in the United States goes uneaten. Wasted food means wasted resources and a wasted opportunity to feed those who are food insecure. In 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency signed the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative to prioritize reducing food waste. This paper argues that, to make meaningful changes under this initiative, FDA and USDA should use their authority to regulate misbranded products to adopt national food date labeling standards.