We’re all guilty of it. We regularly throw out food products that may be perfectly safe to eat simply because of the ‘expiry’ or ‘best before’ date stamped on the product. A new report – The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America – sheds new light on date labeling and how much ‘safe-to-consume’ food we waste every year. The authors of the report estimate that a whopping “40% of all the food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten”. One can presume that the situation in Canada is much the same. Here’s more food for thought: it’s not just the products themselves that are wasted, but all the resources for production, processing, packaging and transporting too! The report includes tips for consumers as well as recommendations for industry and government. If you’re still looking to add to your New Year’s resolution list, this could be just the thing – saving you money and keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill.