According to the Food Law, the term "lot" means all the sales units of a food product that are produced, produced or packaged under virtually the same conditions. This information must consist of a number and / or letter combination. The lot identification allows tracing a lot of goods back to the producer. In case of a recall, for example due to a product defect, the food can be quickly and clearly identified. Since the early 1990s must be in accordance with wine law When the EU enters the EU market, a bottled wine will be marked with a lot number.
This usually consists of the letter "L" followed by a code that often includes the date of bottling. The first digit is the last year of the year of filling, ie "6" for "2006", followed by a three-digit number indicating the absolute day (001 to 365/366). However, there is no requirement in this regard. The lot number can be on the official test number be preceded. However, this is not mandatory, because the test number alone is considered as lot identification. See also below bottling,