Keep Food Safe And Cut Grocery Costs With Home Food Safety Tips In Support Of National Food Safety Education Month

Keep Food Safe And Cut Grocery Costs With Home Food Safety Tips In Support Of
                     National Food Safety Education Month

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 3, 2014

CHICAGO, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During National Food Safety
Education Month in September, keep food safe and your grocery bill in check
with food storage advice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and
ConAgra Foods' public awareness campaign: Home Food Safety.

A significant portion of the 36 million tons of food wasted per year is due to
misreading food labels. This quick guide to reading food labels can help keep
food waste down and money in your pocket. Learn more at

"How you store food can keep it safe and fresh longer, reducing not only your
risk of food poisoning, but also food waste and ultimately your grocery bill,"
says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson Marisa Moore.

Approximately 31 percent of all edible food is wasted in the U.S., and
American households throw away about 19 percent of vegetables and 14 percent
of the fruit they buy.

"A lot of good food goes bad before we get to enjoy it. So before you head to
the store, shop in your refrigerator first," Moore says. "Cook or eat what you
already have at home before buying more, but make sure to check the label or
shelf life to ensure it is okay to eat."

Much food waste is due to improper storage and misreading labels, according to
Moore, who offers tips to help foods last longer and reduce the amount of food

Proper Storage
"Use a refrigerator thermometer to ensure your refrigerator or freezer isn't
running a fever," Moore says. Store perishable foods at or below 40°F in the
refrigerator and at or below 0°F in the freezer.

Store produce properly to extend freshness. "Some fruits and vegetables should
be stored in the refrigerator and others at room temperature, while some
should not be stored together." Check out this handy Produce Storage
infographic to learn more.

Reading Labels
"You can also dramatically reduce food waste in your home by knowing what the
date labeling terms on the package mean to avoid throwing out food that is
still OK to eat," she says. More than 90 percent of Americans may be
prematurely tossing food because they misinterpret food labels according to
Moore, who highlighted these key terms to look for:

  oThe "sell by" date tells the store the last day they should sell that
    specific package. "Buy the product before the 'sell by' date passes and
    cook or freeze the product before it expires - check the time on the Keep
    It Cool Storage Chart or download the Is My Food Safe? app for a list of
    the shelf life of common foods."
  oThe "best if used by" date is the recommended date for best flavor or
  oThe "use by" date is the last date recommended for use of the product at
    peak quality. "Remember, you can't always tell if food has gone bad by how
    it looks, smells or even tastes. So if a product has a 'use by' date,
    definitely follow that date," Moore says.

Moore also adds that if the "use by"date is approaching, there is no need to
force yourself to eat it all to avoid waste. Freeze surplus food, such as
abundant seasonal produce or meats to extend its shelf life. "You can even get
creative, such as freezing soon-to-expire yogurt in ice trays to later blend
with fruit for a smoothie," says Moore, who highlights this technique on The
Cutting Board blog.

"While it's important to reduce food waste for both the environment and our
wallets, remember: When in doubt, throw it out!"

For more tips on safe food storage, read Produce from Purchase to Plate: Steps
to Reduce Food Waste or see the infographic Read Food Labels to Reduce Food

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety
program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of
food poisoning and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in
their own kitchens. More information can be found at

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of
food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the
nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research,
education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest packaged
food companies with branded and private branded foods found 99 percent of
America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving
restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized
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Orville Redenbacher's^®, and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food
sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience,
mass merchandise, club stores and drugstores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong
commercial foods presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products
as well as other vegetable, spice, and bakery products to a variety of
well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For
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