Confusing Packages Lead to Wasted Food, Money

Americans are being misled by expiration dates on package labels.

Emily M. Broad Leib directs the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (pictured at left). Here are excerpts from Kiplinger's recent interview with Leib.

In your recent study “The Dating Game,” you argue that date labels on food are misleading and unclear, and Americans throw away billions of pounds of food as a result. What is this costing us?

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Miriam Cross
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Miriam lived in Toronto, Canada, before joining Kiplinger's Personal Finance in November 2012. Prior to that, she freelanced as a fact-checker for several Canadian publications, including Reader's Digest Canada, Style at Home and Air Canada's enRoute. She received a BA from the University of Toronto with a major in English literature and completed a certificate in Magazine and Web Publishing at Ryerson University.