HOW TO READ DATE CODES
As a general rule, you can keep a Frozen Butterball Turkey in its’ original packaging for a minimum 2-year period. The turkey must remain frozen. The packaging must be without tears or holes and the vacuum seal intact. A production date code (beginning with 25) should be printed on the back/side of a Butterball frozen whole turkey bag and may also be on the tag.
Note: Boxed turkey roasts will have the code on an end flap.
An example of Butterball’s production date coding is provided below:
JULIAN DATE CODES – FROZEN ITEMS
2563221202S = 25 – 6 – 322 – 1202 – S
|25||= Hanover Processing Facility|
|6||= Year “Of Manufacture” – 2016|
|322||= Day “Of Manufacture” – November 17th|