USDA, EPA, FDA Unveil Strategy to Reduce Food Waste

 

USAgNet - 04/10/2019

 

As part of the Trump Administration's Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the release of a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The agencies held an event at EPA headquarters to hear from state, local and community leaders and other stakeholders on how all levels of government can work together to reduce food waste.

 

"Our nation's agricultural abundance should be used to nourish those in need, not fill the trash," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "As the world's population continues to grow to nearly 10 billion people by 2050 and the food systems continue to evolve, now is the time for action to educate consumers and businesses alike on the need for food waste reduction. I look forward to what the future holds on this initiative and how we can work together to change the hearts and minds of Americans to reduce food waste."

 

"With the release of this important interagency strategy, the Trump Administration continues to advance its efforts to reduce food waste and redirect excess food away from landfills and instead use it to feed communities and fuel our economy," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "The new strategy prioritizes six key action areas, such as improving consumer education and food labeling, that will help us maximize the value of our food resources. Today's event brought together key federal, state, and private partners to further collaboration on innovative food waste solutions."

 

"The issue of food safety and food waste are intertwined, with research showing that there is confusion over the meaning behind date labeling terminology on food packages that have an adverse effect on food waste. Contrary to popular beliefs, date labeling on food packages are often intended to communicate time ranges for optimal food quality, not safety," said FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas...

 

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