Dana Gunders

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Dana Gunders is a Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  She leads NRDC’s work on reducing food waste and is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”.

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This originally appeared on Switchboard, the staff blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council, on Sept. 18. Here’s a surprising little secret: You know all those dates you see on food products — sell by, use by, best before? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food, and, generally speaking, they’re not regulated. If this is news to you, you’re not alone. In fact, according to one industry study, 90 percent of…