901:3-57-04 Sale date; information and location.

(A) No person shall knowingly sell a perishable food product in a consumer package unless the package is clearly marked with a sale date by the packager. No other similarly stated date may appear on the package. However, nothing in this regulation shall prohibit a coded date, such as a Julian date, which may be required by federal law.

(B) The sale date markings shall be legible to the average consumer under normal conditions of purchase.

(C) The sale date may be indicated by appropriate descriptive terms such as "sell before," "sell by," etc. Terminology used to describe the sale date of a perishable food product shall be easily understood by the average consumer.

(D) Except as provided in paragraph (E) of this rule, the combination of words, numbers and/or abbreviations used to designate the sale date shall be easily understood by the average consumer. Words, numbers or abbreviations or a combination of words, numbers or abbreviations such as "Nov. 23, 11-23, November 23, etc." are acceptable.

(E) Bakery products with a sale date of less than seven days from the date of packaging may be dated with the days of the week or their abbreviations as follows:

Day of the Week

Acceptable Abbreviations

Sunday

SU, SUN

Monday

MO, MON

Tuesday

TU, TUE

Wednesday

WE, WED

Thursday

TH, THU, THUR

Friday

FR, FRI

Saturday

SA, SAT

Effective: 9/16/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/01/2016 and 09/16/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3715.171
Rule Amplifies: 3715.171
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/1977