Have you ever asked yourself Where is My Milk from? If so then you are in the right place. Learn all about the secret code on your milk and dairy products that will tell you where it is from.
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Where is my Milk from?
Have you ever wondered if you are buying local dairy products? Did you know that you can easily determine where your milk and other dairy products are from right down to the city they were made in? The sell by dates give you more information that just when to use the product by. As soon as I learned this, I could not help checking out all sorts of dairy products we had in our refrigerator. You should be able to find this code on all sorts of dairy including milk, yogurt, coffee creamer, ice cream, cheese and more. Today I am going to share with you exactly how to read it.
This Secret Code Tells you Where your Milk is From
The USDA has a code that shares exactly where your dairy comes from.
Basics to the Milk Code
1. Look for the codes near the top of the container or on lids. You may even find it directly on the label sometimes. This secret code will be printed near or under the expiration date.
2. There can be more codes than just this, so you want to look for this order. The first part of the code will always be two numbers (between 01 and 56). The right code will never start with letters. You can also look for PLT meaning plant right before the numbers.
3. After the two number you look for the second part of the code. The second part of the code can be one to five digits long. This part of the code can contain numbers or letters and even a dash.
4. If you see a code with a colon that is the wrong code for this.
5. What if I don't see a code. This is possible and without the code you are unable to determine where your diary product is from.
Now that you have the codes what do you. If you live in Florida like me the most important thing is the first number should be 12.
If you want to know the exact city there is a website Where Is My Milk From? that simplifies the process and allows you to plug the code in and find out the name and location your dairy product was made.
Why Buying Local Milk is Important
- Locally grown food is fresh food.
- Support local farmers.
- Local food means a lighter carbon footprint.
- Local food boosts the local economy.
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