Mother of two Jennifer McAdoo tosses any food past the date on the label so her family doesn't get sick.
"I don't want them to eat something that could harm them," she said. "I fear what might be seeping into the cans or what kind of bacteria is growing in there. I have no idea."
In fact, Americans chuck 160 billion pounds of food every year: An average family of four throws away $1,560 worth. But a lot of that food is perfectly good. In fact, a new study from Harvard finds that those "sell-by" dates are "confusing" and "misleading." In fact, that food may still be good for weeks, months, even years past the date.
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"People think these are expiration dates," said Emily Broad Leib, lead author of the study from Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic. "They think if they eat the food after this date, they're going to get sick. But it's completely not true."