Canned Food Datecode Guide

This is a list of known examples of either production or pull dating seen on common products. Where available a contact number for the specific manufacturer is shown.

About Julian Dates:

A Julian Datecode consists of a one or two digit year portion and a day portion from 1-365 indicating both the month and the day. The table below outlines this system using both number and letter codings as typically may be found.

 

JJJ   MM L Q
001-031 Jan 1 A H
032-059    Feb 2 B J
060-090    Mar 3 C K
091-120    Apr 4 D L
121-151    May 5 E M
152-181    Jun 6 F A
182-212    Jul  7 G B
213-243    Aug 8 H C
244-273    Sep  9 I,J D
274-304    Oct  10 J,K E
305-334    Nov  11 K,L F
335-365    Dec  12 L,M G
YEAR Y R
1998 8 G
1999 9 H
2000    
2001    
2002    
2003    
2004    
2005    
2006    

 

An Ongoing List of Product Datecodes

M = Month; D = day; Y=Year ; J = Julian digit and X = irrelevant

Product Mfg. Datecode Interpretation   Phone
Act II   xx3322xxxx Plant | Year | Julian Nov 17 04    
Apples Comstock   XJJJYxxx       1-800-270-2743
Applesauce Motts   XxYMMDDx     Cap 1-800-426-4891
Baking Cocoa Nestles   YJJJx..        
Bleach Clorox   XxYDDD        
Bluebird OJ canned   ECCHO
MMDDY
CODE: Write words "Chainstore". Under each letter, put a number starting with 1 and ending with a 0 under the "E". Code reads
1/12/98.
  (800) 237-7805
Bouillon Herb Ox (Hormel)   XMMDDY   Bottom 1-800-523-4635 www.hormel.com;
Bouillon Tone   YMDDx A-M for Jan -> Dec
(I is skipped!)
    1-800-247-5251
Bryan Foods   CD08
1118
On the top line, the last number is the year and the bottom line from left to right is the month and day manufactured.  
Bush Brothers & Company   2061 Four digits
Position 1: Month
Position 2 and 3: Day
Position 4: Year
February 6, 2001   865/509-2361
Bush's   E1633 MDDYx Manufactured May 16 06    
Bush Bro. Beans   61071   06/10/97    
Beans, Bush's   MDDYx M= 1-9 is Jan thru September
0 = Oct
N = Nov
E - Dec
  Top or bottom 423-509-2361
Beans, Black Beans Progresso Pillsbury   MYxDD   top or bottom 1-800-328-6787
Beans Pork & Beans Hunt Wesson     Ymxxx   Top  
Bush Bro. Chili   61071 MDDYx 06/10/97    
C&W Frozen Foods (California & Washington)   Code: start with the left-most digit, which represents the year packed.
The next three digits tell us the day of the year
   
Campbell V-8 Juice         expiration date (800) 871-0988
Canned Chicken Tyson     JJJY?      
Canned Chiles/Jalpenos Ortega     YJJJx     1-800-745-3403
Canned Fruits Del Monte YJJJx 9 = orchard select
18 = tropical fruit salad
24 = Pineapple, mandarin orange, fruit cups, lite fruits, fruit in its own juice, fruit pleasures
30 = all other fruit
 
Canned Fruit Libby's YMDDx Y: 1 or A = 96
2 or B = 97
3 or C = 98
4 or D = 99
M: 1-9 = Jan - Sept.
O = Oct
N = Nov
D = Dec
1-888-884-7269
Canned Juices Del Monte YJJJx.. Top or bottom of can
12 = fruit smoothies
18 = pineapple and SNAP-E-TOM cocktail
24 = tomato juice
 
Canned Juices Motts   XxYMMDDx     1-800-426-4891
Canned Tomatoes Del Monte YJJJx.. 30 = crushed, diced, wedge, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste  
Canned Vegetable Del Monte YJJJx.. 24 = Asparagus, Beets, Kraut, Cream Style Corn, All no salt added
30 = all other vegetables
 
Canned Vegetable Green Giant MYxDDx.. M: A-L = Jan thru Dec   Top or bottom 1-800-998-9996
Canned Vegetable Green Giant JJJY 36 - corn/peas
48 - mushrooms
24 - all other vegetables
1-800-998-9996
Juice in pouches Capri Sun YJJJ CODE: First digit is the year (8 = 1998). Next three digits is the day
on Julian calendar
(800) 227-7478
Breakfast Bars/Drink Carnation 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx      
Evaporated Milk Carnation 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx      
Instant Bkfst Powder Carnation 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
NonFat Dry Milk Carnation 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx      
Catsup, Del Monte   YJJJx.. 8= sloppy joe sauces, no salt added stewed tomato
24 = ketchup (glass and plastic) chili, seafood cocktail, spaghetti sauce
 
Cheese Sauce Gracia   MFxxxx-xJJJY hh:mm     1-800-270-2743 www.agrilinkfoods.com
Chocolate Nestles   YJJJ     1-800-258-6728
Coffee Maxwell House   XYJJJx      
Comstock Apples   2nd line 31238 time xJJJY 05/03/98    
Spaghetti Sauce Contadina 7268AC9G16C:52 YJJJxxxxxxx:xx 09/25/97    
Tomato Products Contadina 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Pizza Squeeze Contandina 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/67    
Argo Cornstarch Best Foods   MDDxY   Top of pkg  
Cough Drops Halls Warner Lambert   XxMMYxxx   Back of pkg 1-800-223-0182
Chef Boyardee Intl Home Foods MDDY M:
A-H = Jan-Aug
X = Sept
J-L = Oct-Dec
    1-800-544-5680
Chili Sauce McIlhenny   JJJYxx   neck of bottle 1-800-634-9599
Chiquita Processed Foods   Ten digits (only 6-8 are pertinent to consumers)
Position 6: Year (A=1999, B=2000, C=2001, etc.)
Position 7 and 8: Julian Date
Example: A195 (July 14, 1999- July 14 is the 195th day of the year)
800/872-1110
Country Time Lemonade     YJJJxx   Bottom 1-800-432-1002
Shortening Crisco 8068A YJJJx 03/09/98    
Shortening, Butter Flavor Crisco 8068A YJJJx 03/09/98    
Crystal Light     YJJJxx   Blue Band, white printing 800/543-3090
David & Sons   xxxxxx4B Plant | Year | Month (A-L) Feb 01 04   1-800-432-1002
Del Monte Foods   First line, four digits
Position 1: Year
Position 2, 3 and 4: Julian Date
Example: 9045 (February 14, 1999)
 
Fruits Del Monte 6270V YJJJx 09/26/96    
Vegetable Del Monte 8179L YJJJx 06/28/98    
Dinty Moore Stew or Chili   108118 xMMDDY 08/11/98    
canned juice Dole 24 - 36 months       (800) 232-5942
Dried Beef Hormel   XMMDDY   bottom 1-800-523-4635 www.hormel.com; www.spam.com
Cooked Ham Dutch Colony Brokers Choice   YJJJx   Can back 732-827-0500
Famous Amos   02164 MM DD Y Pull Date Feb. 16 04    
Faribault Foods   Consumers can send inquiries and product coding numbers via an online contact form, and a company representative will help them understand the coding. www.faribaultfoods.com
Farley & Sanders   4033xx Y | Julian Pull Date Feb. 02 04    
Flour Betty Crocker General Mills MYDDxx Month code is A-M (skip I). A=June,
B = Jul_
    1-800-328-6787
Frosting Betty Crocker General Mills MYDDxx Month code is A-M (skip I). A=June,
B = Jul_
    1-800-328-6787
Furman Foods   Second line, first four digits
Position 1: Year
Position 2, 3 and 4: Julian Date
Example: 9045 (February 14, 1999)
877/877-6032
Gatorade   CT56429138 xx| Julian | Y | xxxxx Feb 25 04    
Wheat Flour General Mills A715W1 QYDDxx 06/15/97    
White Flour General Mills B723W1 QYDDxx 07/23/97    
Goya Foods 20302
05M02
The shelf life for canned beans is three years
Code: date of production. lid
For any can from 2001 - five number code.
The first three numbers are the Julian days of the year the last two are the canning year.
Example -20302 = 203rd day of 2002
For any canned beans with four numbers with a letter, such as the M stands for the year 2000 (05 is May, 02 is the 2nd day of May)
 
Corn or Peas Green Giant H7C21 QYxDD 08/21/97    
Green Beans Green Giant H7C21 QYxDD 08/21/97    
Mushrooms Green Giant H7C21 LYxDD 08/21/97    
Hamburger Helper
Betty Crocker
General Mills MYDDxx Month code is A-M (skip I). A=June, B = Jul_      
Canned Vegetables Hanover 76294 xYJJJ 10/20/96    
Honey Crockett Stewart   MMDDYY or YYMMDD   Cap  
Chocolate Hershey 4B Y | Month (A - L) Pull Date Feb 01 04    
Hirzel Canning   First line 0195 Position 1: Year
Position 2, 3 and 4: Julian Date July 14, 2000=195th day
  800/837-1631
Hormel Foods Corporation   Five digits on the top line
Position 1-4: Information about plant
Position 5: Year
Example: XXXX0 (2000) 800/523-4635
Corned Beef Hormel 0802 05U3 XYMM DDxx 02/05/98    
Spam Hormel 108118 xMMDDY 08/11/98    
Hot Pockets   03264xxxxx Year Manufactured | Julian    
Jello Kraft . YJJJx.     1-800-543-5335
Just Born   40303xx Y | MM | DD | Plant Pull Date Mar 03 04    
Sunshine Keebler 4214 Year | Julian Pull Date Aug 01 04    
Pop Tarts Kellogg x08117 xMMDDY 08/11/97    
Snack Bars Kellogg PM06124A62 xxMMDDYxxx Jun 12 04    
Kool Aid Kraft   YJJJx     1-800-543-5335
Lakeside Foods   4A198
Example: (October 19, 1998)
Second line, second through fifth digits
Position 2: Month (Jan=1, Sept.=9, Oct.=A, Nov.=B, Dec.=C)
Position 3 and 4: Date
Position 5: Year
920/684-3356
Pumpkin or Pumpie mix Libby 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Sauer Kraut Libby 18M317 xYMxDD      
Vegetables Libby 18M317 xYMxDD      
Canned Salmon Libby 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Maple Leaf Consumer Foods   grouping of last four digits
Position 1: Year
Position 2,3, and 4: Julian Date
Example: 9130
May 9, 1999
Top of can 800/268-3708
Mariani Prunes (@BJ's) 8157 YJJJ 06/06/98    
M & M Marrs 350xx Y | Week Manufactured Dec 07 04    
Mid-Atlantic Foods   MDE0
April 5, 2000
Second through fourth digits
Position 2: Month (letter)
Position 3: Date (A=1, Z=26)
Position 4: Year
  410/957-4100
Milk Evap Nestles   YJJJxx      
Milk Evaporated PET K3B2112E Month (A - L) | Y | DD | XXX Manufactured
Nov 21 04
   
Mixes Krusteaz Continental Mills   XXYJJJXX   Embossed on top  
Mixes Pillsbury MYXXX M: A-L = Jan - Dec
Prod. ID panel on top
  1-800-767-4466
Mixes Betty Crocker
(General Mills)
MYDDxx Month code is A-M (skip I). A=June, B = Jul_ top 1-800-328-6787
Mixes Jiffy (Chelsea Mills)   XYJJJx   Pkg top 1-734-475-1361
Moon Pies   032504xx MMDDYY Mar 25 04    
Apple juice Motts 12 months CODE: After WA, first number is year, second two are month, next two are day.   (800) 426-4891
Apple Juice Motts WA80725 xxYMMDD 07/25/98    
Apple Sauce jar Motts WA80725 xxYMMDD 07/25/98    
Mushrooms Freeze Dried Tone YMDDx M= A-M for Jan - Dec
(I is skipped!)
  1-800-247-5251
Mustard French's   xYYJJJ     1-800-841-1256
Nabisco   4214xxxxx Year | Julian | Plant Pull Date Aug 01 04    
Juicy Juice Nestle 14 months for most (strawberry - 8 months) First number is the year; next three are Julian calendar day     (800) 637-8532
Juicy Juice Nestle 8214 YJJJ 08/02/98    
Libby Nectar (can) Nestle Apricot- 24 months
Peach - 24 months
Pear - 24 months
Strawb- 6months
Papaya- 12 months
First number is the year; next three are Julian calendar day     (800) 637-8532
Quik Nestles YJJJ     Embossed top row of codes on bottom 1-800-637-8536
Candy Nestle 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Noodles & Sauce Lipton YMDDxx.. M: A-H=Jan-Aug
X = Sept
J-L = Oct - Dec
12 - alfredo w/ broccoli, butter & herb, chicken & broccoli,
creamy chicken, parmesan, sour cream & chives, stroganoff
15 - alfredo
18 - beef flavor, butter
24 - chicken flavor
 
Noodles by Leonardo     MMYYDD   Top flap 701-968-4464
Nutella Hazel Nut & Cocoa Sauce   H in date code = 98     1-800-nutella
Oil Canola American Fare 139C8 JJJxY 05/19/98    
Oil - Crisco or Puritan Proctor & Gamble   YJJJxxx      
Oil Crisco - Butter Proctor & Gamble   YJJJx      
Corn Oil,Canola Oil Mazola Best Foods 18 mos. From pkg. Date     Purch. by date 1-800-338-8831
Olive Oil Pompeian YMMDDx     On bottle 410-276-6900
Picante, Old El Paso   K3B2112E Month (A-L) | Year | xx | Day Manufactured Nov 11 05    
Onions French Fried French's   xYYJJJ     1-800-841-1256
Salsas and Sauces Ortega 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Taco Seasoning Mix Ortega 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Pasta American Beauty Hershey YMMDDxxx   24 - egg noodle On end flap of box or stamped on cellophane  
Pasta & Sauce Lipton YMDDxx M:
A-H=Jan-Aug
X = Sept
J-L = Oct -Dec
9 - mild cheddar
12 - all other flavors
Embossed on side  
Pasta Sauce Five Brothers   XxxxJJJY      
Peanut Butter Jif Proctor & Gamble   YJJJxxxx   White print on label 1-800-543-7276
Peanut Butter Skippy     MDDxY      
Pickles - jar Del Monte   YJJJx.. 12 = tiny kosher dill
24 = all other pickle products
   
Pie Fillings Comstock     xxxxxx-xJJJY hh:mm     1-800-270-2743
www.agrilinkfoods.com
Pillsbury
Green Giant
Progresso
  Five digits
Position 1: Month (letter)
Position 2: Year
Position 3: Plant information
Position 4 and 5: Date
Example: G8A08 (July 8, 1998) 800/998-9996
Flour Pillsbury H3L08
Aug 04
Month (A - L) | Y | XXX Manufactured    
Cake Mix Pillsbury K3T19 Month (A - L) | Y | XXX Manufactured Nov 04    
Pringles   03264xxxxx Year Mfg | Julian Mar 20 05    
Black Beans Progresso L7N26 LYxDD 12/26/97    
Soups Progresso L7N26 LYxDD 12/26/97    
Instant Oatmeal Quaker 8N08E3 YMDDxx 05/08/98    
             
Pasta Sauce jar Ragu 1st line last 4#'s JJJY      
Rice & Sauce Lipton YMDxx. M: A-H=Jan-Aug
X = Sept
J-L = Oct - Dec
  Embossed on side  
Salad Dressing Mix Good Seasons
General Foods
  YJJJx      
Salad Dressing Mix Hidden Valley   XxYJJJ      
Salsa Ortega   YJJJx_     1-800-745-3403
Sauerkraut Libby's YMDDx Y: 1 or A = 96
2 or B = 97
3 or C = 98
4 or D = 99
M: 1-9 = Jan - Sept.
O = Oct
N = Nov
D = Dec
  1-888-884-7269
Seneca Foods   Example: L1 (December 2001) Two digits on the first line
Position 1: Month (letter)
Position 2: Year
  315/926-6710
Peanut Butter Skippy 1115M8 MMDDxY 11/15/98    
Granola Bars Snackwell 8213 YJJJ 08/01/98    
Soup Base Tone YMDDx M = A-M for Jan - Dec
(I is skipped!)
  1-800-247-5251
Soup Mix Onion Lipton YMDDxx.. M: A-L = Jan thru Dec   1-800-687-7887
Spices Tone YMDDx M = A-M for Jan - Dec
(I is skipped!)
24 - berries/seeds
12 - extracts
Printed on side 1-800-247-5251
Steak Sauce McIlhenny JJJYxx     neck of bottle 1-800-634-9599
Chili Stagg Example: S02050
February 5, 2000
Second through sixth digits
Position 2 and 3: Month
Position 4 and 5: Day
Position 6: Year
  800/611-9778
Tuna Star Kist X177F(bottom line) xJJJR 06/26/97    
Sugar C&H Confectioners XxxMDD M = A-M (I omitted) for even year;
M = N-Z (O omitted) for odd year
No year code printed.
Remoisten Brown sugar w/ damp paper towel in sealed container overnight.
 
Raisins Sun Maid xx03Dec02 DD Month YY Manufactured May 03 04    
Sweet Success Powder Nestles 7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97   1-800-847-8661
Sweet Success Nestles   YJJJx      
Sweet Sue ChknDump/Noodles     1st line last #=y      
Tabasco Hot Pepper Sauce McIlhenny   JJJYxx   neck of bottle 1-800-634-9599
Tang     YJJJx      
Taco Mix Ortega
(Nestles)
  YJJJ     1-800-745-3403
Tea Sweetened Lipton YMDDxx M: A-L = Jan thru Dec
J = embossed on jar
CC = Bottom
    1-800-697-7887
www.lipton.com
Toll House Morsels/bars/coco   7029WW1827 YJJJxxxxxx 01/29/97    
Tuna StarKist YJJJ OR JJJY Year code:
F = 1997
G = 1998
H = 1999_
  Top of can 1-800-252-1587
Vegetable Protein Products Worthington Foods   YJJJ 2nd Row     www.wfds.com
Grape Juice Plastic Welchs 8M24A YxDDL 01/24/98    
Grape Jelly Welchs 8N04H21J YxDDLxxx      
Oils Wesson M3279xxxx Plant | Year Manufactured | Julian Oct 06 04    
Whitehouse Apple juice Nat'l Fruit Product Co. 24 months CODE: First letter is plant, Next # is year, Next letter is product;
Next 2 are day, then shift.
  (800) 551-5167
Wrigley   160204 DD MM YY Pull Date Feb 16 04    
Coffee Yuban YJJJ     Bottom of can
top row 12 1
1-800-982-2649

A brief word about Shelf Life and Temperature.

Per Del Monte – a 15-degree change reduces expected shelf life by 50%. The baseline temp is 65; food stored at 80, will experience a shelf life reduced by 50%. To an extent this is true in the reverse as well, food kept at 50 degrees would experience an increase in shelf life, though perhaps not double

Individual item shelf life info should be provided willingly by the manufacturer and is beyond the scope of this document.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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