To determine the year and month when a spice was packaged, look for a series of black numbers and letters printed on the bottom or side of the spice container. This is not the UPC code and it is usually printed directly on the container, not the label.
On dry packet mixes, the numbers and letters are pressed or indented into the edge of the package. The first number indicates the year of the decade. For example, if the first number is 9, this means the product was packaged in 2009. The second letter refers to the month. “A” stands for January, “B” stands for February, “C” is for March, and so on. So, if an item was packaged in March of 2009, the code would begin with 9C. (Other numbers and letters will follow, but the first two digits indicate when the product was packaged).
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