“Most of what we offer will be fruits and vegetables that have a use-by date on it that’ll be several days out.”
Rauch said consumers often confuse sell-by dates, thinking food must be thrown away if not consumed by this date.
A recent Harvard study even suggested removing or making sell-by dates less visible from consumer packaging as a way to reduce food waste and instead replace them with a dating system not based on quality but on safety.
And that brings me to the elephant in the room.
Retailers don’t just remove expired or distressed food just because it’s ugly. The food banks I’ve visited don’t take food past its expiration or sell-by date for liability reasons.
While there are many out there who are perfectly sanguine about eating food others have thrown out — “freegans,” I believe they’re called — when you take it into a retail environment, it’s a whole different ballgame.
I wonder what retailer will stick their neck out on this and risk a lawsuit should a foodborne illness occur.
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