For this reason, the code keys given below may not be correct.
Be sure to check a number of containers in a product line to verify that a particular code key will work with the product line you are interested in.
Some examples of this might be: IMPORTANT NOTE: I have not personally verified all of these code keys.
Also, closed date coding schemes may change over time.
The second line is the is date and uses the same code as above. The second character in the code is a number which represents the year the product was made.
The following two characters are numbers that represent the day of the month the product was made.
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but does NOT include Armour Star Roast Beef or Corned Beef. The first letter is the month of production; A=January, B=February, C=March and so on.As they are not really intended for general public knowledge these codes are frequently unique to a particular processor and are not commonly published by them.It is possible to get the keys to these codes by contacting the processor and asking how to decipher the dating code for specific product lines.Over time, readers have been doing this and the code keys below are the ones that have been sent to me.Obviously, they are only a few of the many, many products that use closed dating and I hope that future readers will continue to send these codes in as they are gleaned from the processors.B148C23=February 14, 1998 and the last three characters would be plant or processing line locations. The first digit is the month, the next two digits is the day of the month, the next number is the year and the last digit is ignored. The first character is a digit representing the year. GENERAL MILLS: The manufacturing date is coded to their fiscal year that begins on June 1st and ends on May 31st.Armour Star Microwaveable Meals have a two line production code on the container lid. Example: A code of 50173 deciphers to be:5 = the fifth month or May01 = the first day of May7 = 19973 = last number is discarded. The next three characters are digits representing the day of the year the product was packed. Example: A packing code of 8045B deciphers to be:8 = 1998045 = The 45th day of the year or February 14th. Interpret the code as follows: The first character of the code is a letter and represents the month the product was made.Frankly, when it comes to the potential dozens of products that would require deciphering their packing codes the entire process is a major nuisance.While it is better to have an encoded date than not to have one at all, it would be far better if processors would just use clear open dating and (best used by) so we wouldn't have to carry a book of code keys like covert agents every time we go to the grocery.For a processor to move their product in interstate commerce it must exhibit a packing code.This allows them to easily track their product for purposes of stock rotation and in the event of a recall.