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FACT:  
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A-1 Steak Sauce

Example code: 4005BC (January 5, 2011)
11=Year
005= Day of the year
BC=Plant code
A-1 Steak Sauce has a 12 month shelf life. For best quality use by date on package. Refrigeration is recommended.



Ac'cent Flavor Enhancer

Example code: 150111 P January 15, 11
15= Day of production
01=Month of production
11= Year of production
P=Plant code
For best quality use within 5 years from production date.Although safe to consume, quality cannot be quaranteed after this time.



Almond Breez

Example code: BEST BEFORE OCT 30 11
For best quality use within 7 to 10 days.



Almond Dream

Example code: 10 JUL 11
After opening refrigerate and use within 7 to 10 days.



Annies Naturals

Example code: BEST FLAVOR BY 25 FEB 11
For best quality use within 12 months.
Use by date on product even after opening.



Arnold Select Sandwich Thins

Example code: JAN 20 This is an expiration date.
The company recommends using by the date on the package. Bread may be frozen for up to 3 months by over wrapping with freezer paper.



Athenos

Example code: SELL BY JUL O1 2011
For best quality of cheeses consume within 7 days of opening or by date on package whichever comes first.



Athenos Hummus

For best quality use by date on package. Once opened, best if stored in original container and used within 20 days or by date on package, whichever comes first. Unused product should be returned promptly to refrigerator after each use.



Athenos Travelers

For best quality use by the date on package. Once opened, best if used within 5 days or by the date on the package, whichever comes first. Place the pita inside a baggie. Put the Hummus inside a plastic container with a lid and promptly return any unused product to refrigerator after each use.



Austin Choco Cremes

Example code: H 03223 B March 22, 2013
03= Month
22=Day
3= Year (2013)
H &B=Plant codes
For best quality and freshness use by date on package.



Baileys Irish Cream

Example code: Sept 2011
Not necessary to refrigerate but be consistent. Do not alternate between cupboard and refrigerator. For best quality consume within 6 months after opening no matter how you store it. Open and use before date on the bottle.



Bakers Coconut

Example code 11003A2 (January 3, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
003= Day of year (January 3)
A= Production plant
2= Shift
For best quality use by date on the package. For best quality after opening, store tightly sealed in refrigerator and use within a few days.



Barilla Pasta Sauce

Example code: Use By JUL 2011
Use by date of package. For best quality use within 3-5 days after opening. You may freeze the sauce at any point during this period; transfer it to a freezer safe container and it will be good for approximately 3 months.



Beano's Original Submarine Dressing

Example code: 05/24/11/10
05= Month (May)
24=Day
11=Year (2011)
10= Plant code
For best quality use within 6 months after opening.



Bernsteins Salad Dressing

Example code: 11077B5 (Produced on July 02, 2011)
11=Year (2011)
07= Facility where it was produced 7=Month (1-9 are January-September), and O,N, D represent October, November, December)
B=Day of the month (A-A corresponds to the 1st-26th and 1-5 indicates the 27th-31st)
5= Production line
For best quality use by expiration date. Once opened use within 6 months.



Betty Crocker Decorating Gels and Icing Decorating Tubes

Example code: A1103A (Production code) January 3, 2011
The code date is a production number and it will begin with a letter, followed by three numerals and an optional letter. Beginning letter A=January, B=February, C=March, D=April, E=May, F=June,G=July,H=August,J=September,K=October,L=November,M=December
*Note: letter "I" is not used because it looks to much like a number 1. Next number designate year 11=2111 Next two numbers designate day of the month 03, 04, 05 etc.
Optional fourth number designates shift A= 1st shift, B=2nd shift, C=3rd shift.
For best quality use decorating gels within 2 years of the production date. For best quality after opening, refrigerate and use within 2-4 weeks. For best quality use decorating icings within 3 years of the production date. For best quality after opening, refrigerate and use within 2-4 weeks.



Betty Crocker / Frosting and Pouch mix products

Example code: EXP23DEC11 M 0157B (Expires December 23, 2011)
EXP= Expires
23= Day
DEC= Month
11= Year (2011)
For best quality, use by date on package.



Bird Eye Freshlike Vegetables (frozen)

Example code: BEST BY NOV 2011 Package code: 6077B5
6=Year
07=Facility
7=Month (1-9 are Jan-Sept. O,N,D represent Oct. Nov. and Dec.)
B=Day (A-Z corresponds to the 1st-26th and 1-5 indicates the 27th-31st)
5=Production line
For best quality, use within 3 months of purchase date. Once opened and prepared, use leftovers within 2-3 days.



Bisquick

Example code: BETTER IF USED BY13 0CT 2011
For best quality use by date on package.



Boca Burgers

Example code: BEST WHEN USED BY 25 OCT 2011
For best quality, keep in frozen and use by date on package. If they accidentally thaw, do no use.



Bone Suckin BBQ

Example code: 0100111 (January 1, 2011)
01= Month (January)
001= Day of year (January 1)
11= Year (2011)
For best quality use within 14 months of production date. For best quality after opening refrigerate and use within 6 months.



Breakstone's Sour Cream

Example code: 29 JAN 2011 This is a sell by date/ Expiration date
The product should be consumed by date stamped on the package.




Brer Rabbit Molasses

Example code: May 20, 2012
For best quality use by date on product even after opening. Brer Rabbit Molasses is good for 4 years from the date of manufacturing. Store in a cool dry place.



Briannas Fine Salad Dressings

Example code: BEST BY 06 NOV 11
For best quality and flavor, refrigerate after opening and use by the date on product even after opening.



Brooks

Example code: 11NE4DC1 (April 4, 2011) or BEST BY JUL 2012
11 = Year (2011)
NE = Production plant
4 = Month/April (1-9 are January to September and O, N, and D represent October, November, and December.)
D= Day (A-Z correspond to 1st - 26th and 1-5 correspond to 27th - 31st)
C1= Product line
For best quality use Brooks Chili Beans, Tomatoes, and Chili Mix within 2 years of production. For best quality once opened use within 2 to 3 days. Brooks Seasoning: For best quality use within 6 months of production.
Brooks Ketchup: For best quality use within 12-18 months of production.



Buitoni Pasta Sauces

Example code: Use or Freeze by 17 OCT 2011
Pastas and sauces should either be frozen or consumed by the "Use or Freeze By" date. Frozen pasta/sauce should be consumed within 30 days of freezing. Once opened, store unused portion in an airtight container, refrigerate and use within 3 days.



Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce

Example code: 23 SEPT 2011
For best quality and flavor, it's recommended that you use by date on the product. Once opened, refrigerate and use by date on product or within 3 months whichever comes first.



Bumble Bee Tuna

Example code: BEST BY NOV 17 2012
For best quality use by date on product, however canned and pouched products may be stored for several years if cans are not dented or bulging, and pouch is not torn or damaged. Once tuna is opened, it should be refrigerated and used within 1 or 2 days.



Bush Baked Beans, Pinto Beans

Example code: BEST BY OCT 2011
For best quality use by date on can. For best quality after opening, refrigerate and store in an airtight container and use within 2 to 3 days.



Bush Spinach

Example code: BEST BY OCT 2012
For best quality after opening, refrigerate and store in an airtight container and use within 2 to 3 days.



Bush Green Beans, Lima Beans, Green Peas, Black Beans

Example code: BEST BY OCT 2012
For best quality after opening, refrigerate and store in an airtight container and use within 2 to 3 days.



Butter Buds Sprinkles

Example code: 50369 (February 5, 2009)
5=Plant production code
036=Next three digits, day of the year produced (February 5)
9=Last digit, year produced (2009)
For best quality and flavor, store in a cool dry place and use within 3 years of the production date. The company states that if it still smells and tastes OK after the 3 years, it's still OK to use.



Calumet Baking Power

Example code: MAR 03 11 (March 3, 2011)
MAR= Month (March)
03= Day of the month
11= Year (2011)
For best quality use by date on can. To test the effectiveness of the baking powder add 1 teaspoon to 1/4 cup of water. If it bubbles it's still active.



Campbell's Soup

Example code: NOV 09 2111
For best quality use by end of month displayed on lid.



Capri Sun

Example code: 11003GCE 08 08:53 (January 3, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
003= Day of year (January 3)
GCE= Production plant
08= Line number
08:53= Military time/8:53AM
Store in a cool dry place or refrigerator. For best quality use by date on package. Product may be frozen.



Carnation Evaporated Milk

Example code: BEST BY 07/10/11
Refrigerated after opening and use within a few days. Keep covered or transfer to a glass or plastic airtight container. Unused product can be frozen, but it's not recommended. It becomes watery when thawed.



Carnation Non-Fat Dry Milk

Example code: 9023 (Julian Code)
9= Year the product was made. (2009)
023= Day of the year product was made. (23rd day is January 23)
For best quality, use within 1 year of manufactured date.



Cheeze Whiz

The date on the product is considered a "Best when purchased by" date. Consume by this date, or shortly after for best quality.



Chi-Chi's Fiesta Salsa

Example code: BEST BY JN 2012 (Printed near neck of bottle)
Use by code on product. After opening refrigerate and use within 7 days.



Clabber Girl Baking Powder

Example code: BEST IF USED BY JAN 2011
For best quality use by date on product. Do not refrigerate. Store is a dry place away from heat. Baking powder should not be hard or have clumps. To test, drop a small amount into tepid water to see if it reacts.



Classico Pasta Sauce

Example code: EXP 08/28/2011
For best quality use by date on jar. For best quality after opening, refrigerate and use within 5 days.



Claussen Pickles

Example code: Use By 18 APRIL 2011
For best quality use by date on jar. For best quality after opening, keep refrigerated and use within 1 month.



Colavita Balsamic Vinegar

Example code: 9125 (May 5 2011)
11= Year (2011)
125= Day of year (May 5)
Indefinite shelf life.



Colavita Pasta Sauces

Example code: 11125 (May 5, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
125= Day of year (May 5)
For best quality use within 2 years of production. For best quality after opening, keep refrigerated and use within a week or freeze for up to 3 months.



Columbo Yogurt

Example code: JUN15 YJ (June 15)
Jun= Month
15=Day
YJ=Manufacturing plant information
For best quality use within 7 days after this "sell by" date. For best quality use within 7 days of the "sell by" date on product. For best quality once opened consume within 2 or 3 days. If you're not eating the entire product in one sitting, spoon the portion you desire into another container, and refrigerate the rest.



Comstock Pie Fillings

Example code: BEST BY MAY 2011
For best quality use by date on can. For best quality once opened use within 2 weeks.



Consorzio Foods

For best quality use by "Best By Date"
For best quality after opening, refrigerate and use marinades and salad dressings within 6 months.



Contadina Tomato Products

Example code: Best By 10/08/11
For best quality use by date on product.
For best quality after opening use within 2 to 3 days. For best quality use Contadina Pizza Squeeze within 1 month after opening.



Cool Whip Whipped Topping

Example code: When frozen use by 30 APR 2011
For best quality when stored in freezer use within 2 to 3 months.
For best quality when stored in refrigerator use within 2 weeks.



Crisco

Example code: BEST IF USED BY SEPT16 2011
For best quality use by date on package.
Once opened use: Canned- up to 1 year after opening Sticks- up to 6 months after opening Oil-up to 1 year after opening Spray-up to 2 years after opening If you notice any change in color or appearance, or if your Crisco develops an off odor or taste, it's probably past its shelf life and shouldn't be used. Store away from heat, in a cool dry place.



Crystal Light

Example code: Best By 24 SEP 11
For best quality use by date on product.
Once opened, use pre-mixed 16 oz. within 2 days. use pre-mixed opened bottles of Crystal Light 64 oz. within 2 weeks. On Crystal Light dry mixes, use prepared refrigerated Crystal Light within 48 hrs.



Cure 81 Ham

Example code: Best if purchased by date
Cure 81 hams are smoke cured and precooked, and are ready to eat after oven baking for a short period of time. Once opened, store in the refrigerator for five to seven days. Hams may be frozen for up to 60 days.



Dannon Yogurt

Example code: FEB 07 2011
For best quality use within 7 days of the "sell by" date on product. For best quality once opened consume within 2 or 3 days. If you're not eating the entire product in one sitting, spoon the portion you desire into another container, and refrigerate the rest.



Deans Dips

Example code: SELL BY APR 09 11
For best quality use by date on package. For best quality after opening use within 12-14 days. Do not eat directly from container.



Del Monte

Example code: BEST BY 02/23/12
For best quality of canned products once opened, transfer to plastic or glass, refrigerate and use within 2-3 days. For best quality of foods in plastic, once opened, refrigerate and use Del Monte Ketchup, Chili Sauce, Seafood Cocktail Sauce, Orchard Select and Sun Fresh products within 1 to 2 weeks.



Dietz & Watson Mustard

Example code: SELL BY 02-23-11
For best quality use by the sell by date.



Dole Pineapple Juice, and other canned pineapple products

Example code: Best Used By March 2011
For best quality use by date on can. Once opened, store in a plastic or glass container to protect the flavor.



Dynasty Chili Oil

Example code: N160 (Julian Code = June 11, 2009)
N= Year (M was for 2008, 0=2010)
160=Next three digits is the day of the year 160=June 11
If refrigerated, the oil is may be good for up to 24 months from its production date.



Egg Beaters

Example code:USE BY FEB 21 2011
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 7 days. Egg Beaters unopened packages can be frozen.



Egg • Land's Best

Example code:SELL BY FEB 05 BEST BEFORE FEB 20
For best quality, make sure there are no cracks in eggs, keep refrigerated in original container and use within 30 days past the SELL BY DATE, or within 2 weeks of the BEST BEFORE DATE.



Equal

Example code: Best By 12/03/11
Equal has an indefinite shelf life, but for best quality use by date on product.



Emeril's Caesar

Example code: 1609112V5212:49 (September 16, 2011)
16= Day of the month
09= Month of the year (September)
11= Year
The rest of numbers and letters are plant information
For best quality use with 2 years of date on product. For best quality once opened refrigerate and use within 6 months.



Fleishmann's Rapid Rise Highly Active Yeast

Example code: MAY 02 2011
For best results, buy and use yeast before the expiration date. After opening, store in an airtight container in the back of the refrigerator, away from drafts. Use within 3 to 4 months. Freezing is not recommended.



Frank's Redhot products

Example code: BEST IF USED BY DEC 04 2011
The product may be stored at room temperature, but will generally maintain better flavor quality for a few months after the best by date if refrigerated, .



French's Mustard

Example code:BEST BY MARCH 23 11
Refrigeration after opening is not necessary but mustard will retain better quality and flavor if refrigerated. For the best flavor and quality after opening, refrigerate and use within 2 - 3 months.



Freshlike

Example code: BB 06/09/11
For best quality after opening, refrigerate and store in plastic or glass container and consume within a few days.



Girard's Salad Dressings

Example code: 10/29/11
For best quality after opening use within 1 month.



Good Seasons Dressing

Example code: JAN 07 2011 (January 7, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
007= Day of year (January 7)
A22= Production information
For best quality use within 18 months of code. For best quality once opened, use Creamy Italian, Ranch, or Buttermilk varieties within 3 weeks. For best quality of all other varieties use within 4 weeks after opening. For dips made from GOOD SEASONS Dressings, store for up to 4 days. Keep all dressings properly refrigerated after opening.



Grey Poupon Mustard

Example code: 18 JUL 2011
For best quality store in refrigerator and use by date of the product.



Guldens Mustard

Example code: Best By apr 24 2011
For best quality store in refrigerator use by date on product.



Hamburger Helper

Example code: Better if used by: 17 DEC 11
For best quality once prepared, store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.



Handi-Snacks Pudding & Gel Snacks

Example code: 14 MAR 11
For best quality use by the date on package or within a few days thereafter.



Healthy Choice

Example code: 1173G6 (July 2011)
11= Year (2011)
7= Month (July)
3G6= Plant data
Pasta Sauce: Use within 2 years of production date. Use Soups within 2 years of production date. After opening, for best quality refrigerate and use within 2 days. Freezing is not recommended. Puddings: use within 18 months of production date. After opening, for best quality refrigerate and use within a couple days. Soups: use within 2 years of production date. After opening, for best quality refrigerate and use within a couple days.



Hebrew National Balogna

Example code: SELL BY FEB 28 2011
For best quality purchase by date on package. For best quality once opened, seal tightly, refrigerate and use within 3 days.



Hebrew National Franks

Example code: SELL BY FEB 28 2011
For best quality purchase by date on package. For best quality once opened, seal tightly, refrigerate and use within 7 days.



Heinz Pasta Sauce

Example code: 04/28/2011
For best quality use by date on jar. Once opened refrigerate and use within 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Pesto sauce can be stored for up to three weeks in the refrigerator
* Note: Heinz does not have information on shelf life after opening for many of the products they produce. Look for color changes to be your guide. For instance as ketchup gets older it will begin to turn darker. Eating it will not be harmful, but it will lack it's original flavor. When it doubt throw it out when it comes to anything you are not sure about.



Hellman's Mayonnaise

Example code: Best IF USED BY AUG 23 11
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality once opened use within 3 months beyond "use by date".



Hersheys Cocoa

Example code: 21J11 8H
The last two digits are the "best if used by" code. The number represents the year(2008). The letter represents the month, A=January, B=February etc. In this case H=August.
For best quality use by the code on product. Store cocoa in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Product is still OK to consume after this date, but intensity of the flavor will be less.



Hersheys Chocolate Syrup

Example code: MAY 2011
For best quality use by code on product. Store cocoa in tightly sealed container at room temperature. Store syrup in refrigerator. Wipe lip or cap after each use.



HI-C

Example code: SEPT 21 11
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality once opened use within 7 to 10 days.



Hidden Valley

Example code: 19 SEP 11
For best quality once mixed use within 3 to 4 weeks depending on freshness of milk or sour cream used.



Hidden Valley Bottled Dressing

Example code: 10 JUN 11
For best quality use by date on bottle.



Hillschire Farms Meats

Example code: USE/FRZ By DEC 10 11 E COL (December 10, 2011)
DEC= Month (December)
10= Day of the month
11= Year (2011)
E= Manufacturer code
COL= Manufacturer code
For best quality use or freeze by date on package. For best quality once opened use within 4 to 5 days.



Holland House

Example code: BEST BY 08/30/11
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality after opening refrigerate and use within 1 month.
Sherry cooking wine best if used within 12 months (refrigerated) after opening.
Marsala cooking wine-best if used within 1 month (refrigerated) after opening
Vermouth cooking wine- best if used 12 months (refrigerated) after opening.
White wine vinegar- best if used within 12 months (refrigerated) after opening.
White lemon vinegar- best if used within12 months (refrigerated) after opening.



Hormel Chili

Example code: OCT 2012
For best quality use by date on can. For best quality once opened, transfer to an airtight container and use within 2 to 3 days.



Hormel Real Bacon Bits

Example code: NOV 11 2011 For best quality after opening refrigerate and use within 6 weeks.



Hormel Refrigerated meat products

Example code: USE BY OR FREEZE BY
For best quality and flavor the product should be refrigerated and used within 3 to 5 days. The exceptions to this rule are: Raw Bacon, Ham, Natural Choice lunch meats: Refrigerate and use within one week. Fully Cooked Bacon, Pepperoni: Refrigerate and use within three weeks.



House of Tang Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce

Example code: BEST BY AUG 2012
For best quality use date on bottle. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 6 months.



Hungry Jack Easy Mash'd

Example code: Best If Used By Aug 29 2009
Once prepared use within 2 to 3 days. Milk may be added if product seems dry.



Hunt's BBQ Sauce

Example code: Best By APR 11 2011
For best quality use by date on jar. For best quality once opened refrigerate and use within 2 to 6 months.



Hunt's canned products

Example code: BEST BY JUN 2 2011
For best quality use by date on can. After opening, store in airtight container in refrigerator and use within 3 days.



Hunt's Ketchup

Example code: Best by Jan 13 2011
For best quality use by date on bottle. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 2 to 6 months.



Hunt's Tomatoes

Example code: Best by Jan 13 2011
For best quality use by date on can. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 1 week.



"I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"

Example code: MAY11 11
For best quality use by date on the package.



Jack Daniels Grillings Sauce

Example code: LL11A22 (January 22, 2011)
LL= Plant information
11= Year (2011)
A= Month/January (A= Jan, B=Feb etc.)
22= Day
For best quality use within 18 months of production date. Once opened, for best quality use within 90 days.



Jays Potato Chips

Example code: Jan 13MB11 (January 13, 2011)
Jan= Month/January
13= Day
MB= Plant information
11= Year (2011)
For best quality use by code on package.



Jell-O

Example code: 25MAR11 (March 25, 2011)
For best quality use before this date or within a short time after. For best quality once prepared, store covered in refrigerator and use within 2 to 3 days. For Jell-O Ready to eat pudding and gelatin, this date is considered a "purchase by" date. The product should be consumed before or within a few days of this date.



JELL-O No Bake Dessert

Example code: 12 AUG 2011
For best quality consume prepared Jell-O No Bake Desserts within 3 days after being made or freeze for up to 2 weeks. For best quality of Jell-O Pudding, use within 2 days or being prepared.



Jet-Puffed Marshmello Creme

Example code: JUN0611
Use by date on product. For best quality after opening use within 3 months. For marshmellows, wrap tightly to remove as much air as possible and use within 3 months.



Jif Peanut Butter

Example code: BEST UF USED BY NOV 3 2011
For best quality use by date on product. After opening quality is best within 3 months. After 3 months, refrigeration will help prevent flavor loss.



Kellogg's Cereals, Kellogg's Eggo Waffles and Pancakes, Kellogg's Pop-Tarts

Example code: BETTER IF USED BY JAN 12 11
Better if used by date on product. After this date, product is still safe to eat, but vitamin and mineral levels may decline, and there may be a change in texture and flavor.



Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs

Example code: BETTER IF USED BY JAN 12 11
Better if used by date on product. After this date, product is still safe to eat, but vitamin and mineral levels may decline, and there may be a change in texture and flavor.



Kellogg's Krave Snack Bars

Example code: APR 11 11 PH Better If Used Before date (April 11, 2011)
For best quality use by date on product.



Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats

Example code: 03273 Pm663 March 27, 2013
03=Month
27=Day
3= Year 2013
Pm663=Plant code
For best quality and freshness use by the date on the package.



Kens Steakhouse Salad Dressing

Example code:Best When purchased by 04 SEP 11
For best quality and freshness use by the "Best when purchased by" date or shortly thereafter.



Kikkoman Soy Sauce

Examle code: 27 JUL 12
For the freshest tasting sauce once opened, refrigerate and use within one month. It may be used beyond this time as long as no water, juice or other ingredients have been added to the sauce.



Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce

Example code: 27 JUL 12
For the freshest tasting sauce once opened, refrigerate and use within one month. It may be used beyond this time as long as no water, juice or other ingredients have been added to the sauce.



KC Masterpiece Dip & Top Sauce

Example code Best If Used By 06NOV11 (November 6, 2011)
For best quality may be used up to 4 weeks beyond code date.



KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce

Example code: Best if used by date on label 26 SEPT11
Once opened best if used within 6 to 9 months.



Knorr Pasta Sauces / Soup Mixes

Example code: Best By DEC 24 11
For best quality use by date on package or within 6 months of purchase. Prepare entire packet at one time. It is not recommended that you only use a partial packet. Once prepared, refrigerate and use within a couple days.



Kraft BBQ Sauce

Example code OCT 08 11 D4
For best quality use by code date or within 3 months after date. Refrigerate after opening.



Kraft Cheese

Example code: 28 May 2011
For best quality use by date on package.



Kraft Feta Crumbles and Blue Cheese Crumbles

Example code:02 May 2011
Once opened Feta Crumbles and Blue Cheese Crumbles should be used within 14 days or by the date on the package, whichever comes first.



Kraft Miracle Whip and Kraft Mayonaise

Example code: 06NOV11 (November 6, 2011)
06=Day
NOV= Month (November)
11=Year
For best quality use by the code date. Once opened, best eaten within 2-3 months. Do not leave un-refrigerated for longer 2 hours.



Kraft Salad Dressings

Example code: Fresh until May 31 11
For best quality use up to 30 days past the date on product. Refrigerate after opening.
Use within 2-4 hours when product is out of the refrigerator.



Kraft Spaghetti

Example code: Best if used by May 09 11 S3 1225 (May 9, 2011)
For best quality use by date on package. Once made, refrigerate and use within 2-3 days.



Krusteaz

Example code: L365D (December 31)
L= Plant information
365= Day of the year
D= Month
For best quality use 1 to 5 years from manufacturing date on product.



Land O Lakes Half and Half Fat Free

Example code: USE BY 01 14 11
For best quality after opening, use within 7 days.



Lawry's

Example code: FEB 11 11
For best quality use marinades by date on product. Once opened, for best quality refrigerate and use marinades within 3 months. For best quality after opening refrigerate and use salsa within 5 days of opening, and quacamole within 3 days after opening.



Lea & Perrins

Example code: Best by 1/28/2022
For best quality use by date on product before and after opened.



Libby's

Example code for Vegetables: H11R045/3662A ( August 4, 2011)
H= Month/August = January=A, February=B, March=C etc.)
11= Year (2011)
R= Packing plant
04=Day
5/3662A= Remaining letters and numbers production information
For best quality of vegetables use within 24 months of date on can. For best quality of sauerkraut in can use within 18 , if in glass within 24 months.



Major Grey's Chutney

Example code: Best used by OCT 19 2011
For best quality use by date on product. According to the company website, there is no way to determine the shelf life once opened and exposed to air.



Mancini

Example code: Best used by 25 JUN 2011
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and consume roasted red pepper and fried peppers with onions within 5 days. Vinegar products such as cherry peppers and sweet strips will keep longer, about 2 weeks. To extend shelf life of roasted peppers add a teaspoon of vinegar to the jar after it is opened.



Manischewitz Gefilte Fish

Example code: 3418AUGFL (This is a Julian Code)
The first three numbers tell the day of the year and go from 001 to 365 and the fourth number is the year. If a code reads 1230 it means that the expiration date is the 123rd day of 2010 and if it reads 1231 the expiration date is 2011. The letters are related to the plant where the product was made and the last numbers are the UPC number.
For best quality use within 4 years of production date. Gefilte Fish can be frozen and keeps best in the freezer if it is covered with the jell or liquid.



Manischewitz Matzo Balls

Example code: 2657AUMBR (This is a Julian code)
The first three numbers tell the day of the year and go from 001 to 365 and the fourth number is the year. If a code reads 1230 it means that the expiration date is the 123rd day of 2010 and if it reads 1231 the expiration date is 2011. The letters are related to the plant where the product was made and the last numbers are the UPC number.
For best quality use 2 to 2 1/1 years from production date. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 3 to 5 days.



Manischewitz Soups

Example code: 2657AUMBR (This is a Julian code)
The first three numbers tell the day of the year and go from 001 to 365 and the fourth number is the year. If a code reads 1230 it means that the expiration date is the 123rd day of 2010 and if it reads 1231 the expiration date is 2011. The letters are related to the plant where the product was made and the last numbers are the UPC number.
For best quality use within 3 years of production date. Once opened, use within 3 to 5 days.



Maple Grove Farms Pure Maple Syrup

Example code: BEST BY CODE
This syrup should be refrigerated after opening and although it has a best by date of two years, according to a company spokesperson, this syrup doesn't really expire. It might get a type of mold on it called falsure mold, which may be unsightly, but it's not harmful to humans. If mold does develop, strain the syrup, boil the syrup for one minute, then re-bottle and refrigerate.



Mario Olives

Example code: Best by Jan 03 11
For best quality once opened, olives can be rinsed to remove salt and frozen for up to 6 months, or used within 3 weeks in refrigerator.



Marukan Rice Vinegar

Example code: 012111 (Julian Code)
01=Work shift
21=Day of the year (Jan 21)
11=Year
For best quality once opened, refrigerate for up to 6 months. If not refrigerated after opening, use within 3 months for best flavor.



McCormick Spice and extract packages

Example code: Best By NOV0911AH (November 09, 2011)
For best quality use by date on package. If your spice or seasoning was manufactured prior to 2004, it will have the following code:
Example code: 6310AY (July 10, 2001)
6=Year (2001) To obtain the year, add 5 to the first digit, 6+5=11) The second digit (in this case) is the year, meaning 2001 is the year of manufacture.
310=Month/July (For the month and the day, divide the last three digits by 50. (310 / 50 = 6 with 10 remaining). The 6 is the number of complete months before the production month i.e January, February, March, April, May and June. July is the month of production and the remaining 10 is the day of the month.
For best quality use dried herbs within 6 months of production date.



McCormick Flavor medley packages

Example code: Best By Dec 1110
For best quality use by "Best if used by date" on package.



McCormick Grill Mates

Example code: Best when used by OCT 7 11
For best quality use by "Best if used by date" on package.



Mezzetta Golden Peperoncini

Example code 1MEZ011115 (January 11, 2011)
MEZ= Type of product
011= Day of the year (January 11)
11= Year
5= The batch number
For best quality use within 2 years of code date. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 6 months. Shelf life prolonged if you use utensil instead of fingers to remove from jar.



Minute Maid

Example code: Best If Used By April 15, 2011
For best quality once mixed, use within 5 days



Minute tapioca pudding

Example code: Best when used by 27 MAR 2011
For best quality once prepared, use within 2-3 days.



Miracle Whip

Example code: Best when used by 10 JUL 2011
For best quality use by the code date. Once opened, best eaten within 2-3 months. Do not leave un-refrigerated for longer than 2 hours.



Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce

Example code: Best if used by November 24, 2011
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality after opening, refrigerate and use within 2 months.



Mott's Apple Juice / Mott's Applesauce / Mott's Clamato Juice

Example code: Best by MAR 13 11
For best quality once opened use within 2 weeks.



Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce

Example code: Use By 13 10 2011
For best quality use within 2 weeks after opening.



Nakano Rice Vinegar Natural

Example code: LL901 (Julian code) December 2011
L=Second letter from left is month of production (A=Jan, B=Feb, C=March, etc.)
9=First number from left is year of production (9=2009, 0=2010)
The shelf life is approximately two years from the production date. For longer shelf life after opening refrigerate. Once product begins to turn brown, it's best to toss.



Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice

Example code: BEST BY 02-22-11
May be frozen for up to one year in glass container, otherwise refrigerate and use by date on product.



Newmans Own Salad Dressing

Example code: 23 OCT 11
For best quality refrigerate after opening and use by date on bottle.



Newmans Own Pasta Sauces and Salsas

Example code: 23 OCT 11
For best quality refrigerate after opening and use within 3-7 days. Once opened pasta sauces can be frozen for up to 6 months in a plastic container.



Nutella

Example code: Sell By AUG 2011 34T 234 12:21 (August 2011)
For best quality use within 1 year of the sell by date.



NutraSweet

Example code: 2058111
This is a lot number and not a freshness code.
NutraSweet has an indefinite shelf life. For best quality use unopened carbonated beverages containing NutraSweet within six months if stored at room temperature to avoid loss of sweetness.



Ocean Spray (drinks and sauces)

Example code: BEST BY JUL 21 11
For best quality, use by date on product. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 2-3 weeks.



Old El Paso

Example Code: 27 NOV 2011
For best quality Of Old El Paso Picante sauce, taco sauce, refried beans ,whole beans and black beans use within 24 months of the code date. For best quality Of Old El Paso canned green chilis, canned enchilada sauce and dry mixes, use within 18 months of code date. For best quality of Old El Paso cheese and salsa dip use within 12 months of code date. For best quality of Old El Paso hard taco shell products, hard & soft taco shell products & dinner kits containing hard taco shells, use within 6 months.



Organic Balsamic Vinegar

Example code: L1240011(November 8, 2011)
L1 = line #
240 = day of year (November 8)
11 = (Year)
For best quality use within 24 - 30 months from production date on product. Opened, or not.



Ortega Jalapeno Slices

Example code: 11108 (April 18, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
108= Day of the year (April 18)
For best quality use within 36 months of production date. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 7 days.



Ortega Taco Sauces

Example code: Best By 10/02/2011
For best quality use by date on bottle. After opening, refrigerate in an airtight container and use within 7-10 days.



Ortega Taco and Tostada Shells

Example code: Best By DEC 17 2011
For best quality use by date on package. After opening, store in an airtight container and use as soon as possible.



Oscar Meyer

Example code: Use by NOV 14 11 03V BB95EST 537A14:13 (November 14, 2011)
For best quality, use hot dogs with sodium nitrate within 7 days after opening. Without sodium nitrate, use within 3 days after opening. For best quality of bacon use within 7 days after opening.



Pace Thick & Chunky Salsa

Example code: BEST BY JUL 25 2011
For best quality by date on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 3 - 4 weeks.



Pam

Example code: BEST BY FEB 09 11
For best quality use by date on package.



Peloppese Tahini

Example code: Best by Sept 2011
For best quality use by date on package. After opening use within 30 days.



Pet Evaporated Milk

Example code: Best by OCT 10 2011
For best quality once opened, pour the milk into a clean container and store covered in the refrigerator. Use within 2 or 3 days.



Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Example code: 18 May 11 B3 0945 (May 18, 2011)
For best quality, purchase by date on package. Once opened use within 10 days.



Pillsbury

Example code:Best If Used By JUN 15 2011
Store opened Pillsbury frosting in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Flour can be refrigerated or frozen or left in an airtight container. Properly stored flour is best if used within 2 years. Pillsbury cakes, breads and rolls can be stored in freezer for up to 3 months. For best quality make sure baked good is completely cooled, and wrap in airtight moisture proof wrap.



Polaner All Fruit

Example code: BEST BY 08/18/2011
The product has a two-year best quality date from the manufacturer which is stamped on the lid. Once opened, refrigerate and use by date on product. Over time, taste can change, appearance will darken, and consistency may become mushy.
The manufacturer recommends using by date on the lid and eating before any change in taste, appearance or texture occur.



Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar

Example code: Best By 10/16/2011
For best quality store up to 2 years away from light and heat source.



Prego

Example code: APRIL 21 2011
For best quality use by product code date. For best quality once opened, use within 14 days.



Rao's Pasta Sauce

Example code:
For best quality refrigerate any remaining sauce for up to two weeks. Sauce may also be frozen in a separate container for up to 6 months.



Ragu

Example code: DEC 12 2011
For best quality use by expiration code on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate leftover red sauces and pizza sauces for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze the sauce but it must be transferred to a suitable container. It may be kept up to two months in the freezer. CHEESE CREATIONS should be not be frozen, either cooked or not cooked.

Ragu Pizza Quick

Example code: DEC 23 11
For best quality use by date on package. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.



Rao's Homemade Sauce

Example code: N801007
For best quality and flavor once opened, use within 2 weeks. Freeze leftover sauce up to 6 months in a plastic container.



Real Lemon

Example code:BEST BY NOV 9 11
For best quality use by date on package opened or not.



Red Star Active Yeast

Example code: BEST IF USED BY OCT 2011
For best quality use by date on package. Once opened, remove as much air from package as possible and seal tightly.Unused yeast may be stored in the refrigerator for 4 months or freezer for 6 months.



Reddi Wip

Example code: SELL BY JUN 18 2011
For best quality use by the date on the bottom of can. The product is guaranteed to stay fresh up to the date on can if properly refrigerated. Store on center shelf of refrigerator at 35-40 degrees F. Not recommended to keep out of refrigeration longer than the time needed for use. Wipe top of nozzle clean before storing after each use.



Reese Non Pareil Capers

Example code: BEST BY J1-191 (Julain code: July 10, 2008)
J= Lot #
I=Year of production (J=2008,I=2009,H=2010 etc.)
191=Day of the year (July 10)
Product has a 2 year shelf life before opened. For best quality once opened, use within 60 days.



Sechlers Pickles and Jalapeno Slices

Example code: 2061111 (November 6, 2011 pm)
2= Second half of the day
06= Day of the month
11= Month of the year/November (1=January, 2=February, 3=March)
11= Year (2011)
For best quality use by code date on package. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 6 months.



Seeds of Change

Example code: BEST BEFORE 05/2011
For best quality after opening, Pasta sauces: 2 weeks. Salad dressings 3 months (wipe lid after each use). Pasta sauce may be frozen for up to 6 months in freezer safe container, defrost in refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.



Seneca Foods

Example code for Vegetables: H11R045/3662A (August 4, 2011)
H= Month/August (A=January, B=February, C=March etc.)
11= Year
R= Packing plant
04=Day of the month
5/3662A= Company information
For best quality of canned vegetables, use within 2 years from the production date code. For best quality of canned sauerkraut use within 18 months of production date code.



Silver Springs Horseradish

Example code: "Best When Purchased By Date"
For best quality use date on product. With longer storage the horseradish will loose its "heat".



Silver Spring Mustard

Example code: "Best When Purchased By Date"
For best quality use by date on product. With longer storage the mustard will loose its "heat".



Simply Orange

Example code: BEST BEFORE FEB 22 11
Once opened, used within 7 to 10 days.



Skippy Peanut Butter

Example code: Buy before-Nov 14 2011
For best quality, use within 3 months after date on product. Store at room temperature before opening, For best quality after opening, use within 3 months.



Special K Cracker Chips

Example code: SC11152A
SC= Plant code
11= Month
15= Day of Month
2= Last Digit of Year (2012)
A2= Shift code
This product is guaranteed fresh if eaten by the date on the product.


Splenda

Example code: 3173LB1
This is a lot number and not a freshness code.
Splenda has an indefinite shelf life.



Smuckers Breakfast Syrups

Example code: MAR 2011
For best quality store in a cool dry place for up to 24 months of production date. After opening use regular syrup within 12 months and sugar free syrup within 6 months.



Smuckers Ice Cream Topping

Example code: MAR 2011
For best quality after opening use within 12 months.



Smuckers Jams and Jellies

Example code: DEC 09 2011
For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 12 months.



Smuckers Magic Shell

Example code: Best If Used By April 2011
For best quality use within 24 months of production date on product. After opening, use within 12 months.



Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter

Example code: DEC 09 2011
For best quality use within 9 months of opening. Refrigeration may keep it fresher longer, but make it harder to spread.



Spectrum Naturals

Example code: 1004-1AB (January 1, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
04=Week of the year (January)
1= Day of the week (1=Monday, 2=Tuesday, 3=Wednesday, etc.)
AB= Production code for manufacturer
Unrefined oils (Flax , olive, sesame, corn and peanut)
For best quality, store in a dark cupboard until opening, then in refrigerator, use within 14-20 months of production date.
Refined oils (canola, safflower, sesame, soy, sunflower and walnut)
For best quality, store in a dark cupboard until opening, then in refrigerator, use within 10-14 months of production date



Starkist Tuna

Example code: BEST BY 11 10 2011
For best quality once opened use with 2-3 days. Under normal conditions, an unopened can of tuna without dents or any damage has a shelf life of 4 years.



Stouffer's Frozen Products

Example code: 11083GS1H EST 7991 (March 24, 2011)
11= 2011
083= Day of the year
1HEST 7991= Manufacturing information
Most frozen food entries have a shelf life of 12 to 15 months from date of manufacture. HomeStyle Dinner, Pepperoni, and Lean Cuisine Café Classic Pizza Deluxe and Pepperoni, 6 months. Grilled Vegetable, and White Chicken and Turkey pot pies, 10 months.



Stroller's Honey

Example code: Best by 05/09/11
For best quality use within 1 ˝ to 2 years.



Sure =Jell

Example code: Use before 18 MAY 2011 04 11:40 (May 18, 2011)
For best quality use by date on product. Once opened, jams and jellies need to be refrigerated and used with 1 month.



Swan Down Cake Flour

Example code: Best If Used By date
For best quality use by date on box opened or not. Once opened keep it airtight and store in a cool dry place. The flour has an 18 month shelf life from time of manufacture.



Swansons Chicken Broth

Example code: RECOMMENDED USE BY OCT 07 2011
For best quality use by date on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.



TABASCO Sauce

Example code: BEST BY 11/11
For best quality use TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce by date on product.



Thai Kitchen Simmer Sauces

Example code: BEST BEFORE MAR 12 2011
For best quality after opening, refrigerate and use within 4 days.



Thomson Berry Farms Raspberry Vinegar

Example code: 021120-11 (November 20, 2011)
11= Year (2011)
11= Month / November (1=January, 2=February, 3=March)
20= Day of the month
2= Batch number
For best quality use within 2 years from production date. However vinegar has indefinite shelf life.



Tony Packo's Pickles / Peppers

Example code: 1130511(May 13, 2011)
1= Shift (1=AM, 2=PM)
13= Day of the month
05= Month of the Year (May)
11 Year (2011)
For best quality use within 2 years from date of production. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 6 months.



Tostitos Restaurant Style Salsa

Example code: 4 DEC 11
04= Day of the month
DEC= Month (December)
For best quality and flavor use by date on product. Once the product is opened, refrigerate and use Tostitos brand dips and salsas within 7 days. The company does not recommend using the products after 7 days of opening.



Uncrustables

Example code: MAR-24-11N-04:23 (Pull by date March 24, 2011)
MAR= Month (March)
04= Day of the month
09= Year (2009)
N=Plant information
04:23= Military time (4:23AM)
For best quality use by production code on package. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 2 days. If not refrigerated, they are best eaten within approximately 6-8 hours after thawing.



V8 100% Vegetable Juice

Example code: JUL 18 2011F
Best quality use within 14 days after opening.



Velveeta

Example code: Best when purchased by Jul 03 11
For best quality use by date on package or shortly thereafter. For best quality once opened, store tightly sealed in refrigerator for 4 to 8 weeks. May be stored in freezer for up to 2 months.



Vidalia Onion Vinegarette

Example code: 10/11 (Use by October 2011)
11= Month/October (1=January, 2=February, 3=March)
03=Day
For best quality use by the Use by date on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 6 months.



Vlassic Dill Relish

Example code: Best If Used By MAR 2011
For best quality use within date on product. For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 6 to 8 weeks.



Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate Syrup

Example code: 8/10/11
For best quality keep refrigerated and use within 6 to 9 months.



Welch's

Example code: BEST BY NOV 11 11
For best quality use by date on product, once opened, refrigerate jams and jellies in main section of refrigerator and use within 3 months after opening. Fruit spreads should be consumed within a month or so after opening.



Wild Garden Hummus Dip

Example code: BEST BY FEB/2011
For best quality once opened, refrigerate and use within 7 days.



Winkys Sugar-Free Pudding

Example code: BEST IF USED BY FEB 2012
For best quality of all natural Winkys Puddings (those without preservatives), use by the date on the product. For all other Winky's Puddings, if they have been kept cold in your refrigerator, they may be used for 3-5 days after the Best By date. For best quality after opening, consume products within 7 days.



Wishbone Salad Dressing

Example code: Best when purchased by APR 27 11
For best quality use by date on bottle.



Yoplait Yogurt

Example code: Sell By Date JUN15 YJ (June 15)
For best quality use within 7 days of date on container.



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