Grocery Store to Sell Healthy ‘Expired’ Food at a Discounted Price

Would you eat “expired” food? A recent study found that nearly 40 percent of the entire U.S. food supply is thrown away, often because of confusion over “use-by” dates. The former president of the Trader Joes chain, Doug Rauch, wants to do something about that. (A special thanks to a Slices reader for sending us this one.) This spring, he’s opening a new grocery store and restaurant in Massachusetts called The Daily Table that will only sell expired, damaged and repurposed food at discounted prices.

He said that the vision of the venture—which will be a non-profit—is to provide low-income families with cheap, healthy food options. Rauch told Salon, “Most families know that they’re not giving their kids the nutrition they need. But they just can’t afford it, they don’t have an option.” Researchers have found that many Americans aren’t aware that the date on food items is generally an indication of peak freshness, not when an item becomes a risk for a food-borne illness. Rauch said that some of the expired items will be repurposed into hot meals, a practice that he claims is common in major chains. In an interview with NPR, he said, “We’re talking about taking and recovering food. Most of what we offer will be fruits and vegetables that have a use-by date on it that’ll be several days out” …

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