What do these colored tabs really mean?

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Have you ever wondered what the color tabs on loaves of bread mean? Some are yellow, red or even blue. Years ago I remember asking my Home Economics teacher in Junior High School what those tabs really meant. That one question turned into a homework assignment for me. I didn’t mind because it was about food and research so I was all for it. Now fast forward about 15 plus years (Yeah I know I just dated myself…lol), I wondered if the same information that I found out years ago was still valid. So I began my research again to see what I could find out.

Those colored tabs really do mean something. Each colored tab represents a different day of the week; the day the bread was baked. The date that is stamped on the tab is the date the bread needs to be sold by. Sometimes they won’t always be tabs but the twists with the dates stamped on the bag itself, the colors still remain the same. The colors are listed below. So next time you are in the bread aisle or at your local bakery take a look at the colored tab or twist to see how fresh your bread is.

Monday – Blue

Tuesday – Green

Thursday – Red

Friday – White

Saturday – Yellow

Note: This is a universal adopted procedure, however some companies may change it up a bit. But for the most part all companies still with this standard procedure.

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