A product code is a series of numbers and letters printed on the outer package of each product a manufacturer produces to provide information about when and where the kitten food was made.
As part of the product code, IAMS™ products include a “Best Used By” date, or the date at which the product is no longer considered fresh and should no longer be sold. This date is expressed in ddmmyy and ddmmmyy formats (line 1 below).
The second line represents company internal information for use in traceability and inventory control (line 2).
(ddmmyy) (ddmmmyy) (Line 1)
Example: 040206 04FEB06
(Line 2) 60351111## QQQQQQQ
This product should be used before February 4, 2006.
Depending upon the production line, pouch products (IAMS has no kitten pouch products at this time) may have code date information in a single or double line. By recognizing and understanding these codes, customers can make sure they are receiving a fresh product.