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#1 carine

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 02:04 AM

hi all,

Is it possible production batch no indicate the production day only? e.g, A deciphering Monday, B ~ Tuesday and so on..This is because our product shelf life is short about 1 week and we do not wish to print production time on packaging due to cost involved. What do you think?


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Posted 27 December 2014 - 04:32 AM

Dear carine,

 

Assuming there are no customer / regulatory specifics (which there usually are ???), the information shown is typically required to be adequate to officially/reliably enable a recall to a particular batch. If otherwise you are liable to encounter a proportionately larger recall. 

 

How about the expiry date. Invisible ?

 

Rgds / Charles.C

 

PS - IMEX, rotatable date stamps are quite cheap ? :smile:


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:14 AM

Dear Charles,


There is no regulatory requirements info shown on packaging. Btw, what is rotatable date stamps?


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:34 AM

Hi Carine,

 

It is important to have at least expiry date on the pack as this is a general regulatory requirement in most parts of the world especially common with GFSI standards.  

 

Yes you can utilise Production Date as Batch Code as long as one can demonstrate full identification and traceblity (both forward and backwards.

 

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 02:27 AM

Dear Carine,

 

By rotatable, i meant the type of manual stamp which includes an option to self-increment itself,  ie 11 automatically changes to 12 (and locks),  Avoids incorrect resetting of the stamp. Semi-foolproof. :smile:

 

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 12:47 PM

Ajay,

 

If the member believes that there is no regulatory requirement and hasn't stated they are in a GFSI scheme then while it may be a best practice to have the date on the packaging they are under no direct requirement to do so.

 

Typically the requirement comes from regulatory, customer, or standard.  If none of them apply and they don't want to then they don't actually have to.  

 

That all being said I'm not sure how the cost of printing a best by or use by date would cost more than the potential for health safety risk that could exist due to the inability to recall a date's product or misuse by using it after the week is up.  However that risk lies on the manufacturer if there is no requirement and they choose not to.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:51 PM

Also by not having a Use By Date on the packaging, how can you demonstrate, that A was the previous Monday's production, and not something that has gone out of rotation and was from weeks ago?

 

Maximum shelf life you could really have is only 6 days (or you could have two A's out there)

 

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 03:26 AM

Our product is consumable tube ice, the appearance of product can be recognized if kept more than 1 week. Furthermore, our customer is restaurant, hawker and most of the time they didnt keep morethan 1 week.


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 08:13 AM

Our product is consumable tube ice, the appearance of product can be recognized if kept more than 1 week. Furthermore, our customer is restaurant, hawker and most of the time they didnt keep morethan 1 week.

 

 

Somehow I don't think that statement would stand up in a court of law!


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 10:12 AM

Our product is consumable tube ice, the appearance of product can be recognized if kept more than 1 week. Furthermore, our customer is restaurant, hawker and most of the time they didnt keep morethan 1 week.

 

Dear carine,

 

I appreciate your local usage of "hawker" but i often wonder if there is knowledge of the equally common slang usage in English.

 

Life can be cruel to food sellers. :smile:

 

Rgds / Charles.C

 

PS - and Caz is absolutely right I'm afraid


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