(HealthDay News) -- The United States has pledged to reduce food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
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The FDA offers these suggestions to help accomplish the national goal:
- Prepare a shopping list before going to the market to avoid overbuying.
- If available, select fruits or vegetables that often get left behind at the grocery, but are safe to eat.
- When eating out, ask for smaller portions to prevent plate waste and keep you from overeating.
- Keep foods in the fridge at 40 degrees F or below to keep them safe.
- Refrigerate cut or peeled vegetables to keep them fresh.
- Use your freezer to prevent foods from going bad.
- Be aware of expiration dates on your food. Know that some food can be consumed safely past the date on the package. But avoid foods that are discolored, smelly or moldy.
- If you prepare too much food for a party, send your guests home with leftovers.
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