I am taking care of the food safety for a spice re-packer in the US. Which means that we mix and pack spices to sell to retailers.
Since there is no "used by" date for bulk spices coming in (except when they forget to take them off...), can I request the suppliers for their production dates, and if they are wholesalers, the production date of their supplier. I want to be able to use the age of the spice as specification for the mixes, to have measurable quality.
Second and consequential question, how do I make sure that they are providing the right production date to us?
Thanks for any help.