Shelf-life and Deciphering the Date Code on Koda Farms Products
No “expiration” or “best by” dates appear on our products. Experience has proven that storage conditions and inept handling after leaving our farm can significantly impact quality, thereby rendering any date as unreliable. Instead, production codes representing date of manufacturing are employed.
On our Blue Star® Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour or Kokuho Rose® Rice Flour boxes of flour, one can find a 4 element (number, letter, number, number) code subtly embossed onto the top flap of individual boxes. On our paper bagged products such as our Heirloom Kokuho Rose® Japanese style rice or Sho-Chiku-Bai® Sweet Rice, the printed (as opposed to embossed) “code” may include additional letters or numbers, but only the first four are pertinent.
The 4 element code represents the following information regarding its milling/packaging date:
The first digit represents the year.
The second letter represents the month (F=Jan; G=Feb; H=March; J=April; K=May; M=Jun; N=July; Q=Aug; U or T=Sept; V=Oct; X=Nov; Z=Dec)
The last two digits represent the specific day of the month.
I.e., a code of “1F01” would indicate a milling/manufacturing/packaging date of January 1, 2011.
Upon shipment from our farm, product is in perfect condition, but ultimately we have no control over what takes place after that stage. Shelf-life can be adversely affected by poor inventory rotation/practices at distributor/wholesale/retail levels. We encourage distributors to properly rotate and store product, but again this is at a third party’s discretion.
* Our products easily have a shelf life of 6 months to a year if stored in a dry, cool area, away from direct sunlight. Double – bagged and stored in the refrigerator or freezer, our products will last significantly longer.
* We strongly recommend cold storage for all of our whole grain, brown rice products