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49 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1447 (2016)
Mystery Date: Advocating for a Harmonized System of Expiration Date Labeling of Food

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Mystery Date: Advocating for a

Harmonized System of Expiration

Date Labeling of Food


                         ABSTRACT

       Americans throw out roughly 25 percent of the food they
   bring home. Negative perceptions associated with expiration
   dates are a leading cause for this waste. However, a complex
   patchwork  of state-run regulatory regimes and  varying
   terminology makes it difficult for consumers to determine
   whether a food product is unsafe to eat or simply past a peak
   quality level arbitrarily set by manufacturers. Regulatory trends
   in Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New
   Zealand suggest a move towards binding expiration date labeling
   through guidelines for establishing a best before or use-by
   date. This Note examines laws currently in place in these five
   jurisdictions, analyzes global and local legal requirements to be
   met by any proposed expiration date-labeling regulation, and
   proposes a model food-labeling regulation that may be adopted
   by governments globally to facilitate commerce and protect
   consumer choice.

                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

    I.  INTRODU CTION ..............................................................  1448
    II. THE PROBLEM OF DATE LABELING ................................  1450
        A.  Environmental Impact ...........................................  1452
        B.  Econom ic  Impact ....................................................  1454
        C.  Epidem iological Impact .........................................  1455
    III. THE HISTORY OF DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL
        D ATE LABELING .............................................................  1456
        A . State E fforts ............................................................  1456
        B.  N ational Efforts  .....................................................  1458
        C. Private Environmental Governance ......................  1460
        D.  International Efforts ..............................................  1461
    IV. THE AUTHORITY TO EFFECT CHANGE IN CURRENT
        R EG IM ES  ........................................................................  1463
        A. State and Local Government Powers ....................  1464
        B . Federal Pow ers .......................................................  1465
        C.  International Requirements ..................................  1466
        D. Private Environmental Governance ......................  1468


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