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CBS This Morning interviewed Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), about date labels on food. Forty percent of food in the US goes to waste, and much of that waste can be attributed to confusing date labels. In the CBS News’ interview, Emily discusses the confusing and inconsistent date labeling system contributes to wasting food that is safe to eat. She also describes a bill that was introduced to Congress which would set a national standard for food date labeling based on safety.

The Harvard FLPC created a Date Labeling Fact Sheet for the RecyclingWorks’ Food Donation Guidance for Massachusetts businesses. This guidance outlines the logistics, liability protections, and tax incentives for food service businesses interested in establishing a food donation program.

Emily Broad Leib will be also speaking at RecyclingWorks’ workshop, Getting Started with Food Donation, on June 28th in Cambridge. This workshop, which is part of Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic’s Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People conference, will help connect food service businesses to food rescue programs.

If you are a food service business in the greater Boston area, register here for the workshop.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts posted guidelines to help food service businesses safely donate to food rescue organizations. RecyclingWorks also provides assistance to businesses and institutions with recycling and food waste reduction through composting and food donation. To speak to a recycling expert, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at