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H.R. 3981: Food Date Labeling Act of 2019

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To establish requirements for quality and discard dates that are, at the option of food labelers, included in food packaging, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Chellie Pingree

Sponsor. Representative for Maine's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 9 pages
Jul 25, 2019

Introduced on Jul 25, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 25, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Responding to Congresswoman Pingree’s Request, GAO Releases Food Date Labeling Report
    — Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] (Sponsor) on Sep 9, 2019

Pingree, Newhouse Introduce Bipartisan House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste
    — Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA4] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 1, 2019

Pingree, Newhouse Introduce House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste
    — Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] (Sponsor) on Aug 1, 2019

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Jul 25, 2019

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