The letter "I" is not used because it can be confused with the number "1". The number is the year it was packed with the letter being the month, October = A, November = B, December = C, January = D, and so on through the year. HORMEL PRODUCTSTheir packing code is a letter followed by five numbers.A = June E = October J = February B = July F = November K = March C = August G = December L = April D = September H = January M = May HANOVER FOODS CORP. The letter is their plant location and the numbers are the dating code in a MM-DD-Y format.
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.These packing codes are usually a series of letters and numbers that indicate dates, times, and sometimes places of manufacture.These dates are not "use by" dates, but the time the container was actually filled.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.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.
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.
A required system of coding products for controlling inventory and tracking product movement in commerce. Closed dating codes are typically not available to consumers.
Consumers see open dating codes for expiration date information.
The remaining characters following identify plant location and shift information. The remaining three digits are the day of the year the product was packed.