“New USDA ‘FoodKeeper’ App: Your Tool for Smart Food Storage”

Pretty neat new app from the USDA.

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My wife and I just got through watching a documentary entitled “Just Eat it“. It talks about the amount of food that is wasted in the US (almost 40%) and the world (almost 30%). That means that of the food that is grown, raised, prepared, packaged, etc… 40% of it ends up being discarded.

By far the worst culprit is the individual household. We over-purchase (Thanks Costco) and end up throwing a lot of the food away, thinking it is no longer good to eat. Part of it is the confusion has to do with consumers not understanding the dates on the products that they purchase. There is, of course, the “sell by” date which only means that the store should try to sell it by this date to ensure that the consumer has a reasonable shelf life let on the item after he or she gets it…

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Advocates Ask USDA to Halt Proposed Scaling Back of Poultry Inspection Plan

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Putting on the Pressure: ‘No Heat’ Way to Zap Pathogens

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FSMA Means Updates for Trucking Industry

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Fast Food Companies Abandon Ammoniated Beef

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FDA Food Safety Funding Boosted 3% for 2012

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New Combustible Dust Website Answers Manufacturers’ Questions about Food Safety Hazards

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Free Webinar – Increase Food Safety, Reduce Risk, and Achieve Operational Effectiveness and Compliance Tues Feb 8, 2011 11 AM PST/2PM EST

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New Food Safety Bill Passes in Congress – Will Become Law

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