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Prior to that they stamped a code on their product, such as the 8519CY code found on my parsley bottle.
To find out what year the spice was produced you would add 5 to the first digit of the code, which in this case 8 5 = 13 and since we have not yet reached 2013, the spice was bottled in the year 2003 - explaining why the leaves of parsley are now a yellowish brown color!
For the shelf life of spices it makes little difference whether spices are opened or unopened, what is important is that they are tightly re-sealed immediately after each use.A vibrant color generally means a vibrant taste, so if your spice has lost its vibrant color (or changed colors) then it has most likely also lost its flavor.If your spice started out green, chances are it will turn yellow or brown as the essential oils in the spice evaporate. The shelf life of spices depends on the best before date and how the spices are stored. Drying is a process to extract water in order to preserve foods (because no form of life can exist without water), thus thwarting the growth of bacteria.