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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 8 of 2

The date of manufacture shall be marked openly or in code (day and month or else day, month, and year). The last date for marketing shall be marked openly (day and month or else day, month and year).

Products whose shelf life is between 60-365 days from the date of manufacture:

The date of manufacture shall be marked openly or in code (day, month, and year).  The last date for marketing shall be marked openly (day, month and year or month and year) if the date of manufacture is indicated in code. It is not required to indicate the last date for marketing if the date of manufacture is marked openly.

Products whose shelf life is longer than a year:

Either the date or the code (day, month and year) of the date of manufacture shall be indicated.

It is not required to indicate the last date for marketing.

The manufacturer shall determine the shelf life of the product and shall mark the dates accordingly. The length of the shelf life shall be determined in accordance with the nature of the product, the form of its packaging, and the recommended storage conditions assigning the product to one of the three groups of products according to the nature of the explicit marking of the date.

The manufacturing date indicated on the product is not to be changed except in the case where a mistake has been made in the marking and the product has still not left the plant for market.

Instructions for Storage, Transport, and Use

Instructions for storage, transport and use shall be included in the label when:

-the food has been cooled to a temperature of less than +8 degrees Centigrade or has been   

frozen;

-there are special instructions for handling either before or after the package is opened;

-when the nature of the product demands it, for example the words “keep in a dry place”, “keep in a cool place”, “keep in the shade”, “do not refreeze after thawing” etc.

Labeling Prepackaged Food, Which Is Not Intended For Retail Sale

Food used in industrial manufacture (including repackaging): the following items shall be marked on the package of food used in industrial manufacture:

-the name of the food;  

-labeling which identifies the lot.

If required by the responsible authority, the manufacturer shall present the specifications of the food.

Note:

Despite what is stated above, the language of the labeling of food to be used in industrial production (including repackaging) may be not in Hebrew but rather in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian instead of Hebrew.

Food in a Wholesale Package

UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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