Have you ever noticed the numbersВ on the bottom of a milk package? Do you know what’s their meaning?
Every milk package hasВ numbers from 1 to 5, or in some countries from 1 to 6. They showsВ how many times the milk has been reprocessed or recycled.
TheВ reprocessingВ or recycling of the milk isВ allowed in some countries andВ there is a legal regulation about that. The milk can beВ reprocessed up to 5 times at 190 В°C and returnedВ againВ to the stores.В All milk manufactures areВ required toВ show how many times theyВ repeated theВ process.
You can find theВ number which is missing in the row on the bottom of the package. For example if you read “12356”,В it means that the milk’s expiration dateВ is extended 4 times or itВ has been 4 times re-pasteurized.
In some cases you can notice only one number at the bottom of the package, which indicates the same thing.
If you prefer to buy aВ whole box of milks, you need to be awareВ that they might be mixed.