Is There An Expiration Date?

Valley Food Storage food is processed and packed to last for 25 years. When stored properly, your freeze dried food should be ready any time you need it. When does that 25 years start though?

Each of our facilities is FDA or USDA certified (depending on the governing body.) They print dates on the bag when the food is packed and sealed. Below are some examples of where the date is located and how to read that information.

Entrées:

The date is printed on the seal. The letters indicated the facility it was packed in. The first 3 numbers are the day of the year that it was packed (January 1st = 001 December 31st = 365.) The final 2 numbers are the last 2 digits of the year it was packaged. 

Entrée Date Information

Meats:

The date is printed on the back of the package. The first 2 numbers are the last 2 digits of the year it was packaged. The next 3 numbers are the day of the year that it was packed (January 1st = 001 December 31st = 365.) The lower 5 digit number is the lot number. The time to the right is printed in 24 Hour format.

Meats Package Date

Fruits & Vegetables:

The date is printed on a label which is affixed to the package. The first 2 numbers are the month that it was packed. The second 2 numbers are the day that it was packed. The final 2 numbers are the last 2 digits of the year it was packaged. 

Fruits & Vegetables Package Date