What is ‘date-marking?’

Date-marking certain foods is required for most child care providers.  Refrigerated foods prepared at the facility that are potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat, and held over 24 hours must be labeled with a discard-by date of the preparation day plus seven days.  Commercially processed, refrigerated food items that are potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat, and held over 24 hours must also be date-marked once the product has been opened.  If you have questions about which foods require date-marking, contact us or your local public health agency.

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