Handbook 130 – 2013 Uniform Open Dating Regulation
E. Uniform Open Dating Regulation
as adopted by
The National Conference on Weights and Measures*
Numerous state and local jurisdictions have provided for, or are considering, mandatory open dating of certain
packaged commodities. Additionally, many commodities in the marketplace are now voluntarily open dated. Lack
of uniformity between jurisdictions could impede the orderly flow of commerce.
In 1985, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM), in concert with the Association of Food and
Drug Officials, wrote a new Uniform Regulation. It resolved the differences in the versions developed
independently by the two organizations.
The regulation provides two options for implementation by the states. One requires open dating ...