Dating in the federal government
Here is some background information answering these and other questions about product dating. Two types of product dating may be shown on a product label.
"Open Dating" is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer.
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"Best if Used By" is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?
These products will typically maintain product quality for a longer period of time because of how the products are formulated or packaged.
The quality of perishable products may deteriorate after the date passes; however, such products should still be safe if handled properly.
The calendar date provides consumers with information on the estimated period of time for which the product will be of best quality and to help the store determine how long to display the product for sale.
“Closed Dating” is a code that consists of a series of letters and/or numbers applied by manufacturers to identify the date and time of production.