A decades-old federal law mandating labels on date-expired food is under review. The Department of Agriculture said it supports in principle the removal of “best before” dates as Canadians face rising food costs.

“The government supports in principle this recommendation,” the department wrote the Commons agriculture committee. “Possible regulatory changes” were considered, it said.

Parliament in 1976 amended the Food And Drugs Act to mandate “durable life date” labeling of pre-packaged foods with a shelf life of less than 90 days. The Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs at the time called it part of a “vigorous program for legislative reform.”

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