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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Great Moments in American Corporate History

Hat's off to the SOB who came up with this one:

Comments (16)

Mayan calendar?

Beats me. I didn't have an iPhone to ask about it in the frozen organic section of the market.

I took the bait. But the call can't be completed...

Nothing on google, either.

How were they?

Great, as usual. Yuppie tater tots. Just hope I'm not going to die from eating five-year-old ones...

I don't know Jack, but I think they might be good until 2111

Looks like a Star Trek stardate. They might still be fresh enough for the galley of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701Z

This product is not alone. I'm pretty sure at least a third of all products use this mysterious calendar. It's frustrating and hard to stay on top of if you're selling these products. Or buying them.

Also, olive oil-garlic-rosemary oven fries aren't yuppie if you make them yourself. Yukon golds, reds, or whatever... you can't screw that up.

My Alexia Garlic Baguette, I just checked in the freezer, has a "Best Before" date of 01.19.2010, which is understandable but, come to think of it, am awfully long time to keep bread in the freezer!

My less fancy-pants 89 cent Safeway Hot Dog buns, however, have the mystery code "JW 158" and "S8111." When I bought them I checked several packages, looking for a pull date, which their bread products normally have, but their hot dog buns didn't. And my Safeway is notorious for having food on their shelves well past the expiration or "Best Before" dates. When I find outdated stuff, I neatly and politely stack it on the floor.

I'm guessing the "5385" is some sort of product code, and then the expiration date is 01/21/11.

Isn't "yuppie tater tots" an oxymoron?

I'm guessing the "5385" is some sort of product code, and then the expiration date is 01/21/11.

That's what I thought too. And let's remember "sell by" dates are directed at the distributor and retailer for their purposes, while "use by" dates are for the consumer. This is the former. Use by dates are usually later, sometimes significantly later, than sell by dates.

Fred Meyer has never refused to demystify the pull date codes. I'm not sure Safeway hires employees that can read.

It may be a Julian Date. The system used by astronomers simply counts the days from noon GMT on Jan 1, 4713 BC, making today JD 2,454,996. Your food item is good for about another 14.7 million of our Earth Years - perfect for the Fallout Shelter or Egyptian tomb. (I say 'about' because I don't care to deal with leap years, one of the reasons the JD system was invented.)

In case you are a nutritional nut...sorry no pull date but there is a contact #.

A "sell by" date?

Not a "best if used by" date?

Translated: We care more about cash flow targets and inventory our retailers carry than the quality of our product by the time it actually gets eaten. Regardless of when you bought it.

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