Question: What does open dating mean for food products?

Open Dating is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer. 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.

Whats the difference between open dating and closed dating?

Open dating is found primarily on perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Closed or coded dating might appear on shelf-stable products such as cans and boxes of food. product before the date expires. Closed or coded dates are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer.

What are the 3 types of product dates you might see on food?

There are three types of dates you may see on a food label; sell by, best if used by or pack date. Sell by indicates the last day the store can sell the food to ensure its freshness. Best if used by is suggested for optimal quality. It will be safe to use after that date but you will get the best quality by that date.

Why do foods have dates?

Dates are a very healthy fruit to include in your diet. They are high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. Dates are definitely worth adding to your diet, as they are both nutritious and delicious.

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