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Can Congress Stop People From Wasting Perfectly Good Food?
Legislation seeks to clear up confusion over food expiration dates

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Chellie Pingree announce their plan to introduce legislation that would standardize food date labeling to help reduce waste. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Growing up on a dairy farm, Rep. Chellie Pingree’s mother taught her there was nothing in the refrigerator you couldn’t use in a recipe — even if it was expired.  

“Sour milk goes into a biscuit,” she said. “A stale strawberry goes into a pie.”