AB 954 (Chiu)

Summary: AB 954 is an important next step from last year's CAW sponsored bill AB 2725, which addresses confusing food date labels. Since the first bill was introduced, which would have standardized the phrasing used on food date labels, much has happened and we hope to continue the conversation of how important standardized food date labels are in the fight against food waste.

Position & Status: CAW is the sponsor of the bill.

  • Introduced February 16th, 2017
  • Passed the Assembly Natural Resources committee April 25th, 2017
  • Passed Assembly Appropriations committee May 26th, 2017
  • Passed Senate Agriculture committee June 20th, 2017
  • Passed Senate Health committee July 5th, 2017
  • Next Step: To be heard in Senate Appropriations committee July 17th, 2017.

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 954 will continue to address this issue while also considering the status of industry efforts, which have moved quickly since the introduction of AB 2725 in the last legislative session.

Contact: Melissa Romero, (916) 443-5422

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