The result is a disorderly, random use of terminology, dates and codes. There is onl y one federal court case which pertains to the open dating of foods, GMA v. Author Affiliation: Ruff's interview sounds to me a lot like "Don't Worry, Be Happy. Annex x to these appendixes provide more! Shelf life, Open dates, Open shelf life dates, Consumer satisfaction, Expiration dates on foods.
Shelf-life dating of foods 
A shorter shelf-life will.
Open Shelf Life Dating of Foods
Add annotation. This is based on the idea that both time and temperature are critical measures in food. So, these are not meant to be dates by which a food must be.