One man’s shrink is another man’s dinner? - The Packer

One man’s shrink is another man’s dinner?

09/27/2013 09:18:00 AM
Pamela Riemenschneider

“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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Florida  |  September, 30, 2013 at 03:19 PM

If you are dismayed over the grocery stores throwing away produce, you should see what the growers are forced to throw away because it is not perfect looking, it is bent or misshapen. All perfectly good. It is a shame produce buyers are so particular when the shoppers and end users chop it up into pieces that don't care what it looked like originally.

Petoskey, Mi  |  October, 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM

Unfortunately the consumer is the produce buyers boss. If there are two red peppers and one is a bit wrinkled, most consumers would pick the one without wrinkles or imperfections from the farm. It is a shame that our systems do not glean fields to give the imperfect fruits and vegetables out instead of food stamps. Instead allow folks to purchase sodas, chips and poor quality processed foods.

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