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Posted 19 November 2018 - 08:25 PM

We use only Julian  date code for shipping records, identification and tracilblility .

 We  ship regularly to Costco and  never had issues. Last line (in red ) says its not acceptable.

I will highly appreciate Any recommendations  or experiences with Costco on this issue .



This is stated in Costco's Food safety Expecttions  June 2018 :



At a minimum, all product sold to Costco must be marked with a use-by, sell by or best before date that

can be used for traceability/ recall purposes. Produce items should also include a packed on date or

scannable barcode that can provide traceability recall information. Julian code dating is not acceptable.





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Posted 19 November 2018 - 08:37 PM

Julian dates work for you.........but for Costco.........there is no information readily available to them

In order to comply you need to change your code to either 

A) incorporate a Use By (so 6 months from the Julian date)

B) list ONLY a use by date

C) Best Before  MM/DD/YY


In the beginning, it's probably easiest for you to follow A above. It allows you to maintain your current traceability system and make Costco happy.  In order to get a use by date, you really need to send it out for shelf life testing.......unless it's something like fresh bread where you know you've only got 5 days

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