European commands. The digit 7 identifies the European
(e) Asian commands. The digit 8 identifies the Asian commands,
including Alaska and Hawaii.
When less than four digits are used to indicate the IRC, as in oversea
locations, the IRC must be centered.
(2) The second set of four numbers on the top line above the DOD insignia
indicates the Julian date. The Julian date is made up of the last digit of the current
calendar year, followed by the sequential day of the present year. For example, in the
Julian date 9001, the 9 designates 1989 and 001 designates 1 January. For the Julian
date 9365, the 9 designates 1989 and 365 designates 31 December. In figure 2-3, the
Julian date is 9124. This designates the year 1989 and the 124th day. The number 124
is the 4th of May. United States government calendars with Julian dates are found in
most military offices.
DETERMINING WHAT TO STAMP
a. Inspected Products. An inspection stamp is used on inspected products only.
Units of product and unit containers that have been opened and inspected must be
stamped. Stamping constitutes official determination by a government inspector that the
food product is in conformance with contractual requirements at the time and place of
b. Shipping Documents. An inspection stamp is used on shipping documents
that accompany the inspected products. When food products have been inspected and
accepted by a government inspector, the paperwork accompanying the products is also
stamped. Examples of shipping documents are the invoice, manifest, bill of lading, or the
product inspection report.
c. Carcass Meats at Origin. An inspection stamp is used on carcass meats at
origin. If it is a 100 percent inspection, each carcass will be inspected.
d. Caution. Do not stamp empty containers or removable labels.
HOW TO USE AN INSPECTION STAMP
a. Ink. Personnel using an inspection stamp must make sure that there is enough
ink on the stamp pad. Ink used is edible ink. Then, placing the stamp on the ink pad,
they must check to see that all letters and numbers have sufficient ink on them.
b. Rolling Motion. It is important to use the correct motion when making an
impression with an inspection stamp. To do this correctly, place the bottom part of the
stamp on the paper first. Then, using a rolling motion, roll the bottom part toward the
upper part, making a complete impression.