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Understanding 'sell by' dates

Use by date on a plastic tub of sour creamThe amount of food wasted in America is disturbingly high. Around 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is thrown away unused every year due, in part, to confusing food date labeling. More than 90 percent of Americans have thrown out food prior to its actual expiration date. Recently, a push has been made to reduce the amount of food that grocery stores are disposing of by repurposing it in cheap prepared meals or donating it to food banks. At home, consumers can reduce food waste by learning the truth about “use by” date labeling.

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Food fraud in the news

Woman looking skeptically at fast food burgerFood fraud seems to be in the news a lot lately. In the United States, we've recently heard about mislabeled fish, while Europe has been rocked by a widespread scandal involving mislabeled horsemeat.

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Tracking food fraud

Grocery bag labeled 'food fraud'

For decades, NCL has tracked trends about the Internet and telemarketing scams plaguing consumers through its Fraud Center and But there's another kind of fraud on the rise, and you'll find it in your grocery store: food fraud.

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