Date labels on packaged foods can be confusing to decode. This confusion contributes to about 20% of the food going into the bin in the United States, accoring to the US Food and Drug Administration. To curb food wastage, the US Food and Drug Administration is considering standardizing date labelling of food products. On May 23rd, FDA issued a letter to the food industry to propose switching to "best if used by" phrase in date labels. The agency is not mandating the use of the phrase at the moment, but many food producers have already adopted the new terminology as it may help consumers understand that they do not need to throw away the food if the date printed on the products has passed.