Open dating on food products

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Department of Agriculture (USDA), there is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating in the United States.With the exceptions of infant formula and some baby food, product dating is not generally required by Federal regulations.This book addresses these issues and provides scientific and legal background to both evaluate and influence federaly-regulated open-dating legislation in the USA.

"Open Dating" is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer. Presently the lack of uniformity among manufacturers has made the practice of open dating confusing and misleading. Szybist Published 2001 Hardback 239 Pages Price: 103.00 [pounds sterling] (USA: Food & Nutrition Press) Open dating plays a vital role in the distribution of food products.Package Food Dates: “Use By” or “Use Before” Some food manufacturers use “open dating,” or calendar dates stamped on a food product’s package, to help retailers determine how long to display a product for sale.If an open date is shown on a product, both the month and day of the month (and year for shelf-stable and frozen products) must be displayed on the product packaging.I have recently created a date coding example page.

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