Another Food Labeling Bill Proposed

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed legislation intended to lower food waste by creating an Ohio-only regulatory scheme for food labeling. Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) has indicated he intends to introduce the measure next year.

The bill would create an Ohio “used by” label for food; the “used by” date would be separate from a “sell by” date. It would also lower state liability standards for food donation.

The OMA has expressed concern about an Ohio standard; these are appropriate at the federal level, and not through a patchwork of state laws.

The OMA also pointed out that the federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act provides liability protections to manufacturers, retailers and food banks.

Contact Ryan Augsburger for more information. 10/30/2018