The USDA’s New Food Safety App Wants Consumers to Stop Wasting Food

published Apr 28, 2015
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You’re probably used to the USDA guidelines telling you to toss food earlier than you might think, but their new app is running counter to that.

In an effort to eliminate food waste (the average American gets rid of 36 pounds per month), the USDA has released the Food Keeper app.

The app was created to help consumers determine just how long things can really last in their pantries and refrigerators.

A spokesman in the video where the USDA introduced the Food Keeper app notes that while some items might have a sell-by date of April 1, they could in fact be safe to eat for 12 to 18 months after that.

Now before you get visions of drinking year-old milk, they are primarily talking about pantry staples — like pasta, oatmeal, and condiments — with long shelf lives.

You can watch the video talking about food waste and the new app below.