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Finding my code

You don't need to be a code breaker.

Locating your code is easy when you know what you're looking for. Here are a few tips:

1 Near the top

Codes are usually printed near the top of the container or on lids. Sometimes they're printed right on the label.

2 Begins with two numbers

The first part of the code will always be two numbers (between 01 and 56). Codes never start with letters.

3 Ends with 1 to 5 digits

The second part of the code (after the first two numbers) can be one to five digits long, can contain numbers or letters and may include a dash.

4 Colons?

Codes never have colons, so if you see one of those, keep looking!

5 Still can't see it

Not all products have codes, so if what you see printed on your container doesn't follow any of the previous rules, you're out of luck.

6 Examples

There are some examples to the right

Real life examples

Let's start with an easy one.

  • If you see the letters PLT (which are short for Plant), you're on the right track.
  • The first two numbers are between 0 and 56.
  • Fits the pattern of two numbers, dash, more numbers.
  • You guessed it. The code is 49-16.

This one's pretty easy too.

  • The first two numbers (04) are between 00 and 56.
  • The rest of the code fits the pattern described above.
  • That's right. It's 04-05.

If you see a plant number, you're golden.

  • This can of whipped cream is clearly labeled with PLANT NO.
  • The code fits the pattern of two numbers, a dash, and more numbers.
  • No problem. The code is 18-1892.

Repetition is the key.

  • The code is listed twice on this yogurt carton.
  • You won't always find PLT, but luckily you will here.
  • The first two numbers are between 0 and 56.
  • Fits the pattern of two numbers, a dash, and more numbers.
  • And the code? 39-135, of course.

Don't let 'em fool you.

  • The first part is a date, so 15-10 is not the code.
  • The next part starts with GE, and codes can't start with letters.
  • The 23:36 isn't the code either, because codes never have colons.
  • The only numbers left are 06-446. Bingo!

Look closely. Be rewarded.

  • The first part is a date and a seemingly random letter A, which you can ignore.
  • EH-3 is out because codes can't start with letters. This rules out L2 and V1 also.
  • Forget 3 L2 because letters are rare for any part of the code.
  • 17:55 is wrong because of the colon.
  • That leaves you with your code — 20-283.

Find your golden ticket.

  • This Yoplait yogurt has the code pressed into the foil lid right under SELL BY.
  • CNH is wrong for obvious reasons, and 11FEB is my sister's birthday.
  • The only option left is the code — 06-4902.

Sorry, thanks for playing.

  • The only things here are a date and some random letters and numbers.
  • Nothing to see here. Move along.

Dates, colons, and randomness.

  • Same story. For a second it looks like a code might be on the lid, but there is none to be found.

Ruby Red? Come on!

  • This isn't even a dairy product.
  • Get this stuff out of our face!

Drops in the bucket

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