Label Requirements

Any retail meat product has a label that contains important points of information. Labels must include: product name, inspection legend and establishment number, handling statement, net weight statement, ingredients statement, address line.

There are different types of dates that can be stamped on packages. Each of them has a little different meaning, it is important to understand what the date means as it relates to the product. Sell-by dates tell the store how long a product can remain on a shelf before it must be sold. If you are buying meat you should look for products that have not yet reached the sell-by date. The best by date gives a consumer a time that the product should be consumed by for best flavor and quality. However, it is not a purchase or safety date, it is more geared towards eating experience. Also, the use-by date is the date that food should be consumed by, this date is placed on the package by the manufacturer.


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