(WSTM) In an attempt to cut down on food waste, researchers at Cornell University have come up with a predictive model to more accurately pinpoint milk expiration dates which could also extend shelf life.

Professor Martin Weidmann is heading the research. He sees a future in which consumers scan a product with a cell phone app, giving them an accurate expiration date based on several factors, which include storage temperature.

"The way we look at shelf lives and the cartons are labeled are going to be very different. We might not even find a fixed label or a date on it anymore," said Wiedmann.

A step even further, Wiedmann says someday a refrigerator could scan food and suggest a recipe based on expiration dates. It's a future where less and less food is thrown away.

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