How do I read the code date on the bottom of the container?

The first letter stands for the type of meat; for example, C stands for claw meat.

The next two numbers denote the weight of the package, whether its 8 oz or 16 oz.

The next numbers represent a Julian date that reveals the date the meat was produced.

The second line of letters represent the country of origin and plant identification code for internal use.

The sell-by line is set 18 months from the date of production, by which the product should be used.

Sample Code Date:
C16 3552006xxxx 11:35
MX 1SPA
SELL BY JUN 21 2008