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Best If Used By: Labeling for Informed Choice, Less Waste

Meghan Stasz | Senior Director for Sustainability

Grocery Manufacturers Association


“When in doubt, throw it out?” The problem is, consumers in doubt throw out 30 to 40 percent of the food they buy, often because the 15 or more variations on product date codes create more confusion than clarity. The Grocery Manufacturers Association wants to change that. Their joint product code dating initiative clearly differentiates true perishables from foods that can be safely eaten beyond the date of optimal freshness.

About the Presenter:

In her role at GMA, Meghan Stasz works on issues such as waste, water, sourcing, energy and other topics as they pertain to the food, beverage and consumer products industry. Among other initiatives, Meghan is currently leading the Food Waste Reduction Alliance — a cross-industry initiative to reduce food waste sent to landfill and increase food donation to food banks in the U.S. She is also working extensively on packaging and recycling efforts.

Meghan has over 10 years of experience in the environmental sustainability field. Prior to joining GMA, she spent several years with the Environmental Defense Fund, where she was project manager of the organization’s Farm and Food Policy Reform campaign. Meghan received her bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and her MBA from Boston College.


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