Food Product Dates

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April 6, 2021 - Author: , & ,

Two types of dating may be found on product labels; open and closed dating.

"Open dating" is applied by the manufacturer or retailer that alerts customers to the best estimate of when the product will be the best quality. Open dating can be found on most food items including meat, poultry, egg and dairy products.

"Closed dating" is a series of letters and/or numbers applied to the product to identify the date and time at which it was produced. Closed dating is also used on canned goods and other shelf stable products.

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Tags: agriculture, animal agriculture, breakfast on the farm, food label claims, food labels, labeling and regulation, msu extension, rapid response for agriculture


Authors

Mary Dunckel

Mary Dunckel
dunckelm@msu.edu

Jeannine Schweihofer

Jeannine Schweihofer
grobbelj@msu.edu

Ashley Kuschel

Ashley Kuschel
kuschela@msu.edu

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