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H.R. 3981 (116th): 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
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 25, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


5 Cosponsors (4 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Pingree Hails Congress’ First-Ever Report on Climate Crisis As \"Groundbreaking\"
    — Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] (Sponsor) on Jun 30, 2020

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

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

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Jul 25, 2019

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H.R. 3981 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3981. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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