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How do I find the Date Codes on your site?

When you view a product, each one has "Description" and "Additional Info" to the right. The hechsher can be viewed by clicking on "Description", and all the pertinent info like Date Codes, Shelf Life, Kosher Status, etc. is in "Additional...

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Under this product it says, "No yoshon hashgacha". What does this mean?

The phrase "No Yoshon Hashgacha" found in "A Guide to Chodosh" just means there was no Mashgiach (kosher supervisor) overseeing the product who specialized in Yoshon Hashgacha. It is just general Hashgacha (supervision to make sure the product is kosher. Some products (mostly for "Jewish" product companies) have a Mashgiach that specifically checks for the Yoshon status of the item being produced. Due to the confusion on this subject, our site no longer displays this if it doesn't have Yoshon...

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Your Online Lookup says "Aug 18 15, 1 year after packing". What does 1 year after packing mean?

We receive this question often. The time “after packing” is often a source of confusion for newcomers. It simply means that the best-buy date shown on the package is 1 year after it has been packed. It enables one to determine the general date that a product becomes Chodosh. If one knows the product in question has a shelf-life of 1 year, the actual packing date becomes known. Say the current date is September 2015. If a product containing wheat says the best-by date is August 13, 2016 (which is the 1-year shelf life after it has been packed), and the date it becomes Chodosh is August 15, 2015, one could see from the date code that it is Yoshon. If that date were 2 days later (August 15, 2016) it would be Chodosh. For a complete explanation on Date Codes, see our article "Date Codes...

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