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Media Coverage of National Guidance for Standardized Date Labels

On February 15, 2016, the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association launched a new initiative to standardize date labels on food packages. The voluntary initiative, which follows recommendations FLPC has been advocating for, encourages retailers and manufacturers to only use one of two standard phrases on consumer facing food packing: “best if used by” and […]

Emily Broad Leib Appears on CBS This Morning to Support Standardized Food Expiration Labels

Emily Broad Leib, director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, appeared on the Thursday, February 16 episode of CBS This Morning. She spoke about the new initiative to standardize date labels on food packages, spearheaded by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and informed by research conducted […]

Don’t throw it out! That expired food could still be good

Originally published by USA Today on February 14, 2017. Written by Matthew Zahnzinger. You’re cleaning out your fridge and pantry, amazed at just how big the pile of stuff you’re going to throw out is—solely because it’s gone past its expiration date. Because if it’s past its expiration date, it’s gone bad, right? Wrong! Well… maybe. […]

Industry Introduces National Guidance for Standard Date Labels to Reduce Confusion and Food Waste

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) is thrilled to share that the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today launched a new initiative to standardize date labels on food packages. The voluntary initiative encourages retailers and manufacturers to only use one of two standard phrases on consumer facing food […]

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Food Donation Nationwide

Today, Representatives Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and James P. McGovern (D-MA) introduced legislation intended to boost food donations across the United States. The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) enthusiastically supports The Food Donation Act of 2017 (H.R. 952), which addresses key policy changes recommended by FLPC […]

FLPC Releases “Moving Food Waste Forward: Policy Recommendations for Next Steps in Massachusetts”

Today, the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School released Moving Food Waste Forward: Policy Recommendations for Next Steps in Massachusetts. The report follows FLPC’s October 2016 report, Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities, a resource that provides detailed information on how states and local governments can contribute to […]

Dates On Food Labels May Actually Start To Make Some Sense

  Developing a more standardized system could keep 398,000 tons of food from being wasted every year, according to a report released this year by Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and other groups. The average family throws out about $1,500 in perfectly edible food a year, CBS News reported. “Dates On Food Labels May […]

Exhibit A for Republican Obamacare repeal challenge: people with HIV

Written by By Julie Steenhuysen and originally published by Reuters on January 5, 2017.   Scientists have shown conclusively that treatment not only improves the health of people infected with HIV, it also stops transmission of the virus that causes AIDS. That public health issue is just one of the challenges Republicans face as they attempt […]

FLPC Applauds USDA Revised Guidance on Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) is thrilled to share that the USDA has updated its guidance for food manufacturers and retailers, encouraging them to use a “Best if Used By” date label for their products. According to a national survey published by FLPC, the National Consumers League, and the John Hopkins Center for […]

Hunger For Change

Originally published by the Harvard Gazette on December 5, 2016. Written by Liz Mineo; photography by Rose Lincoln. At the same time the government urges Americans to eat healthy foods, it heavily subsidizes farmers who produce corn and other crops used in junk foods, and invests little in those who grow fruits and vegetables. The […]