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“Closed” or “coded” dating might appear on shelf-stable products such as cans and boxes of food.In the food service environment, always look for the dates on our perishable foods on the outside of the case at the receiving step.Store employees use "open dating," the calendar date on food packages, to decide when to pull an item from the shelf.For consumers, the date indicates freshness or quality.Use both the date itself and the phrase in front of the date, such as "use by" or "best by" to make your decision on which milk carton or cookie package to choose.Take an extra second or two when taking foods off the shelves at the store so you can bring home the item with the longest use-by or best-by date available.
Terms we use are: 1) food product or code dating used for commercial food manufacturing and 2) date marking used for food prepared onsite in a restaurant.• A “Best if Used By (or Before)” date is recommended for best flavor or quality. • A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality.The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.She dedicated her 35-year career to improving the health and well-being of others by promoting food safety best practices.Lacie worked in environmental health for 17 years before joining Food Handler in 1997 as the Director of Safety Management.
• “Closed or coded dates” are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer.