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Most USA manufactured MREs (both military and civilian) use a 4 digit Julian Date code.  Individual MREs may or may not have a date code, same applies to individual components.  See examples below. The first Apack was packed on the 172nd day of 2011.  1348 is the 348th day of 2011. 1306 is the 306th day of 2011.  This code is usually stamped on the MRE box and pouch. The location of the code can vary. The first digit represents the year, and the last three digits represent the day. So, for example, the code 7304 would mean it was...

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