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INSIDE THE VILLAGE: Why it's time for food producers to scrap 'best before' dates

This week on the podcast: Many people don't understand the difference between an expiry date and a best before date. That confusion could lead to massive food waste — and drive up your grocery bill

Welcome back to Inside the Village, a one-of-a-kind podcast where all news is local — and no topic is off-limits.

On this week’s episode: Are 'best before' dates past their prime?

A new report on grocery affordability from a House of Commons committee argues that Canada should scrap best before dates because a lot of people don't understand what they actually mean. 

Many consumers wrongly believe that food is not safe to eat after a best before date, which isn't actually true. Unlike an expiry date, a best before date simply indicates when a product is at its peak freshness.

Experts say best before dates could be contributing to excess food waste, and in turn, food insecurity — all while driving up the price of groceries.

Mike Von Massow, a food economist at the University of Guelph, joins us on the podcast to offer some food for thought. Spoiler alert: the professor has no qualms about eating yogurt past its best before date.

Dig in.

Hosted by Scott Sexsmith and Michael Friscolanti, the Editor-in-Chief of Village Media, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across our chain of Ontario newsrooms. Produced by Derek Turner, the program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people across the province.

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