AB 2725 (Chiu) - The Food Waste and Date Labeling Act of 2016

Summary: AB 2725 would standardize date labels on food, creating one standard label for "best if used by" and one standard label for "expires on." 

Position and Status: This bill is no longer active. CAW was the sponsor of this bill.

  • Failed to pass Assembly Health committee April 12th, 2016

Description: Confusing, misleading, and cryptic food labels lead many consumers and stores to throw out perfectly healthy food every day. Date labels on food come in a dizzying variety of forms including “use by,” “best before,” “sell by,” and “enjoy by” dates, yet these simple markers are both poorly understood and surprisingly under-regulated, such that their meanings and time frames are generally not defined. AB 2725 would standardize date labels on food, creating one standard label for "best if used by" and one standard label for "expires on." 

Contact CAW: Nick Lapis, (916) 443-5422

Contact Assemblymember David Chiu

Current language, analysis, and votes

Organizations supporting AB 2725:

Californians Against Waste (Co-Sponsor)
Natural Resources Defense Council (Co-Sponsor)
Bi-Rite Market
AZUL
Clean Water Action
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton
California Compost Coalition
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Environment California
Environmental Working Group
Food Shift
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Marin Sanitary Service
NIKA Small Earth
San Francisco Department of the Environment
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
City of Sunnyvale
Stop Waste
Tri-CED Community Recycling
Zanker Road Resource Management, Ltd.