Today, Bi-Rite Divisadero hosted Assemblymember David Chiu as he announced new legislation, AB2725, aimed at reducing food waste by creating statewide guidelines for food date labels that relate directly to freshness and safety.
Chiu was joined by members of Californians Against Waste, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and our founder, Sam Mogannam, to describe the confusing state of date labels today (various forms include “sell by,” “use by,” “best before,” and “enjoy by”), none of which are federally regulated.
Sam described the importance of this legislation to fight food waste, stating, “Creating community through food means not wasting it, which is at the core of our company values and daily operations. Grocers have a tremendous social responsibility to reduce food waste due to the sheer amount of food that moves through our businesses. We are the direct connection to two ends of the food waste spectrum – producers and consumers. Food manufacturers and retailers cannot afford to waste food; treating food waste as the cost of doing business will cost you your business.”
At Bi-Rite, less than 1% of the food we purchase is wasted, and 40% of the product in our Markets is house-made and accurately date labeled.
“In a state where 6 million families are food insecure, a startling amount of food is being wasted every single day because of these arbitrary date labels,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “We as consumers want to know what our labels mean and whether or not our food is safe to eat. This bill will clean up these confusing dates and reduce unnecessary food waste.”
Read more about food waste and Assemblymember Chiu’s legislation from the SF Chronicle, or stop by the Markets and ask what you can do to help fight food waste.