New Jersey Senate committee approves 5 food waste reduction bills

By Cole Rosengren, Waste Dive.

  • The New Jersey Senate's Environment and Energy Committee voted to pass a package of food waste reduction bills on March 14. Among those bills is one that would set a goal to reduce the amount of food waste in the state 50% by 2030, as reported by NJ Spotlight.
  • Another bill would establish a standardized date labeling system for manufacturers and retailers. The preferred terminology would be an "elevated-risk date" and a "quality date." The bill would also establish a public education program around the change.
  • The three other bills focus on food donation. One would expand tax deductions for donations from business inventory, another would extend liability protections to schools and higher education institutions, and another would clarify existing liability protections for all donors.