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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 […]

FLPC Welcome New Team Member Alyssa Chan

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) is happy to welcome Alyssa Chan, who joins as Program Coordinator. Alyssa became involved with the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic while still in undergrad. Beginning as a student in Emily’s Food Law and Policy course, Alyssa worked as an intern at FLPC […]

Food Insecurity on Campus

This blog post was written by Susanna Barron, a Student in 2016 Fall Semester of Harvard Law School’s Public Health Law and Policy Seminar. As I was reading the assigned articles about SNAP benefits, particularly those focused on the political rhetoric that has typically surrounded discussion of these and other government benefits, linking use of these […]

Call for Proposals for Harvard’s Just Food? Forum on Labor Across the Food System

Does your work connect to food and labor? Are you studying the players in our food system, and how their roles and rights have changed over time? The Harvard Just Food Forum seeks proposals that focus on all aspects of labor across the food system. You may be working in the tomato fields in Florida, […]

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 […]