Food Product Dating
Guideline ID FSIS-GD-2019-0022
Issue Date October 2019
Food Product Dating (text version)
Replaces: December 2016 version of the guideline
The guidance provides information about label dating on products regulated by FSIS, including descriptions of types of dating, whether dating is required by Federal regulations, and whether a product may be unsafe to use after a listed date. It applies to official establishments and retail establishments and the actions they may take when dating products, as well as to consumers and the actions they may take when purchasing and using label-dated food products. It relates to 9 CFR 317.8, 381.129, and 590.411.
Disclaimer: The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.