Date question


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Aug 14, 2003
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I just recieved some coffee in the mail and noticed there wasn't any roast on date or freshness date on the bag. Isn't it maditory to date food?
FDA requires contents, weight, and where item was made/processed if shipped across state lines.
I wouldn't buy nor sell coffee without indicating a roast date, but I don't believe it is required. Old coffee doesn't become rancid... it just becomes Starbucks. :D
Don't know if its mandatory for product roasted in the USA, but we need to provide date of roast/expiry, ingredients (ie: roasted coffee ONLY, no preservtives added) as well as weight (absolutley mandatory) and packaging type every time we send coffee over your way. Apart from reglatory requirements and practical sense, would make good business sense for the roaster to be able to id his own coffee...
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but we need to provide date of roast/expiry
True...perfect example...the coffee I am speaking of was completely flat...sigh..score a high rating but by the time I recieved was shot :cry:

I always loved this one

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