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What is the purpose of publishing a product's manufacture date?

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The reason food manufacturers publish dates on products is to reveal the freshness of foods or beverages. The product or manufacturing date dictates the products' usable shelf life.

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What is the purpose of publishing a product's manufacture date?
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Open dates reveal the expiration date of a product and are one of two main methods to show the longevity of a food product or beverage. Sometimes manufacturers stamp products with codes to show how long the products can remain for sale on store shelves.

The code should look like a code, not a date. For example, the code "13405," representing the 134th day of 2005, is a code date for a product.

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