For meat, poultry, and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), dates may be voluntarily applied provided they are labeled in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and in compliance with FSIS regulations.To comply, a calendar date must express both the month and day of the month.
so thanks "Dating" is only used in a romantic sense.
It's easy, pretty much every knows what that means, and if for some reason they're confused, I say, "You know Carrie in Sex in the City?
I'm her, but she wrote for the Post and I wrote for the Times".
Here is some background information answering these and other questions about product dating. Two types of product dating may be shown on a product label.
"Open Dating" is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer.