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Food waste is a prominent issue in America. The date label laws on food products, such as milk, are not federally regulated, which causes a lot of confusion as to what it even means. The sell by date is a number that not scientifically based. Many people believe the sell by date determines how long food will stay fresh, which causes perfectly safe food to be thrown away, when it can be sold or donated. For instance, in Montana, milk cannot be sold twelve days after it is pasteurized. However, it stays fresh for twenty-one to twenty-four days. There should be a federal law on date label laws so that its meaning becomes clearer to consumers.