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.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.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.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.
Example: A packing code of E731B would translate as follows: E = October7 = 199731 = 31st day of the month B = A plant location The following is their 12 month cycle. Example: A code of 28304 deciphers to be:2 - discard this number8 = 1998304 = the 304th day of the year or October 31st Thus 28304 is October 31st, 1998 HEALTHY CHOICE: First character is a number, second is a letter with the remaining characters being a lot ID.The following two numbers represent the day of the month it was processed and the third number indicates the year.Example: A code of B148C23 would be B=Feb, 14 = the fourteenth day, 8=1998. A five character packing code, usually on the bottom.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.ARMOUR STAR CANNED MEAT PRODUCTSVienna Sausage, Stew, Chili, Deviled Ham, Potted Meat, Slice Dried Beef, Soups, etc.