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Jan 13

Food Waste Prevention and Food Safety

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 8:50 AM by Natalie Nebilak

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Food waste is a major concern, presenting a serious challenge to our natural resources. Between 30-40% of the food produced in the US goes uneaten (as much as 20 pounds of food per person each month). This equates to $165 billion in food waste annually!

“There are definitely ways to curb food waste,” said Arriana Rabago, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist. “While some of the waste happens on the farm, packing, distribution, and retailer level, as consumers we can make a difference by purchasing only what we need, knowing how to store (or freeze) our food to extend its shelf life, and then incorporating the ‘not-so-perfect’ looking fruits and veggies into our recipes.

 

When incorporating this imperfect produce, keep in mind that organic matter does eventually become unsafe to eat Here are some tips to make sure you are staying safe while prevention food waste: 

 

Terminology

 

Sell by Date – A sell buy date indicates that a product should not be sold after a particular date if the buyer is to have it at its best quality.

 

Use by/Best by Date - The maker’s estimate of how long a product will keep at its best quality.

 

“It’s important to know that the ‘sell by’ or ‘use by’ date does not mean the product should not be consumed or is not safe to eat. If stored properly, a food product should be safe and of good quality for some time after its labeled date. Consumers also need to use their sense of smell, sight, and taste to make a determination,” continued Rabago. FoodSafety.gov is a remarkable resource and guide to food storage safety and the time limits for safe food consumption. The FoodKeeper App is available to both iPhone and Android. FoodSafetyHeader

“Consumers can use wilted veggies and bruised fruit, which still tastes good, incorporating them into smoothies, soups, and sauces,” continued Rabago. “I strongly encourage those interested in finding delicious recipes to prevent food waste, Visit: SavetheFood.com

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