Chellie Pingree

Are food labels swallowing your budget?

Something stinks in your refrigerator -- and I don't mean that moldy can of bean dip.

OK, I do, at least at my house, where I am the chief offender of hanging on to leftovers juuust a bit too long, blurring that line between when the stuff in the blue Tupperware has crossed over from casserole to science project to Category 3 biohazard.

Something else that fails to pass the sniff test -- at least financially -- are the "sell by" dates stamped on everything at the supermarket from coffee creamer to Twinkies. A 2013 study by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council found that most consumers are totally flummoxed by the meaning of...