Baton Rouge, LA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Week in Review for April 10 includes the new food keeper app. Food Waste Challenge calls on organizations and businesses across the food supply chain to join the fight against food waste. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrfTyy3MHTQ&feature=youtube_gdata. The application is available for Android and Apple devices.
The “FoodKeeper” application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.
The application is part of a larger effort between USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. Launched in 2013, the Food Waste Challenge calls on participants across the food chain – farms, agricultural processors, food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, universities, schools, and local governments – to join efforts to:
- Reduce food waste by improving product development, storage, shopping/ordering, marketing, labeling, and cooking methods;
- Recover food waste by connecting potential food donors to hunger relief organizations like food banks and pantries; and,
- Recycle food waste to feed animals or to create compost, bioenergy, and natural fertilizers.