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Food expiry dates

Amin (London Foodie) | Sep 15, 2004 08:51 AM

In July, Jon had sent a message titled
'European Expiration Dates on Food' enquiring
how to translate a coding (e.g., L3623) to determine
freshness of a product that may have been purchased
say in NY.

L3623 is most probably not a food expiration date.
If it is a production date it could be L for the line
#, 362 for the day of the year that it was made on
and 3 for the year eg 2003. This however is most
likely a batch number (for traceability purposes
incase of product re-call). The form of batch
numbering varies with various companies as each use
their own system for batch coding, however food
products from the EU must be having a Sell by or Use
by date.

Jon, I hope the above is helpful

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