Reading Date Codes

All Lundberg Family Farms product packages will have a Standard Day Code to identify the date of manufacture. In addition, most packages will also have a Best Before Date.

Standard Day Code

The Standard Day Code identifies the day that the product was manufactured. This can appear in two different formats depending on the type of product:

    • YYMMDD (Example: April 15th, 2012 = 120415)
    • YDDD (Example: 2063 = March 4, 2012. "2" is the year, and "063" is the day of the year)

Best Before Date

The Best Before date is the second code printed in the series of codes and can be formatted in several different ways depending on the product:

    • YYMMDD (Example: 120815 = August 15, 2012)
    • YYMMMDD (Example: 12AUG15 = August 15, 2012)
    • MMMDDYYYY (Example: AUG1512 = August 15, 2012)
    • YYYYMMDD (Example: 20120815 = August 15, 2012)

Canadian Products with Best Before Date

The date is listed: YYMMDD, but the months are listed as follows:

    • JA-January
    • FE-February
    • MR-March
    • AL-April
    • MA-May
    • JN-June
    • JL-July
    • AU-August
    • SE-September
    • OC-October
    • NO-November
    • DE-December 

The following is a list of products' shelf life which have the "Best Before" date.

    • Brown rice(raw) products have a Best Before date of:  12 months
    • White rice (raw) products have a Best Before date of:  12 months
    • Risottos have a Best Before date of: 12 months
    • Brown Rice Couscous has a Best Before date of: 12 months
    • Heat & Eat Rice Bowls have a Best Before date of:  12 months
    • Rice Chips have a Best Before date of:  10 months
    • Brown Rice Syrup has a Best Before date of:   18 months
    • Rice Cakes have a Best Before date of:  12 months
    • Rice Cereal has a Best Before date of :  12 months
    • Brown Rice Pastas have a Best Before date of:  24 months
    • Brown rice Flour has a Best Before date of: 12 months

Proper Rice Storage

Rice should be stored in a cool dry place - below 55 degrees is recommended. At this temperature, it should keep for many months. A freezer is also fine.