canned food? It may be too early to throw it away. Dry foods such as cereals and pasta? You may be holding them too long. Why? Because there is no federal law requiring uniform expiration date warnings on packaged foods.
But California legislator Jackie Irwin is trying to bring labeling consistency to the state through AB 660. The wide variety of labels in use today “consistently misleads and confuses consumers,” Irwin told the San Francisco Chronicle. (The Chronicle and SFGATE are both owned by Hearst, but have separate newsrooms.)