Tobacco dating codes
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Determine if the code is using letters for months, the Julian calendar or a month-day-year code. The various codes and numbering systems cause consumer confusion, which results in consumers discarding wholesome food.
In the United States there is no standard system for dating food, according to the Department of Agriculture. The USDA estimates that 30 percent of the food supply is lost or wasted at the consumer and retail levels.
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The year may be at the end or beginning of the code.
The last two digits of the code found on the bottom of the can. H2 would be August 2012 A=January B=Feb C=March D=April E=May F=June G=July H=Aug I=Sept J=Oct K=Nov L=December The letter "I' is skipped in the process. This does not mean theproducts isn't good to eat for another couple of days, but justthat it tastes it best up to the date given.
The "H" represents the month and the "2" represents the year. On perishable goods you will see'best before' either 09/MA/07 or MA/09/07.
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This is how to read the cans, credit goes to Grizz from SMpost This thread will tell you how to read and understand the date codes on various brands of dip.