Open dating on food products
The letter O represents October, N represents November and so on.
Some manufacturers use a number to represent the year, such as and .
If the manufacturer uses a Julian date, which is a number that states the number of days since the first day of the current year.
If Julian date used, the code 0195 will translate the number 0 for the year 2000 and 195 for the Julian date, since July 14 is the 195th day of the year.
"Sell by Feb 14" is a type of information you might find on a meat or poultry product. Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?
Here is some background information which answers these and other questions about product dating.
For example, if hot dogs are left out for a several hours they will not be safe to consume even if the date hasn't expired.
Other examples of potential mishandling are products that have been: defrosted at room temperature more than two hours; cross contaminated; or handled by people who do not practice good sanitation.
Julian date coding is a popular method for dating non-perishable (shelf-stable) food products like canned goods, boxed cereals, dried pasta or beans, cookies, and crackers.
Make sure to follow the handling and preparation instructions on the label to ensure top quality and safety.