Agfa seems to have just added this date to MCC. My last box is also 9/2004. The Calumet store date is 1/21/04. So seems like a short time compared to film dates. I've never had a problem with MCC but I do seem to go through it pretty fast. You may want to freeze the paper and only take out what you need. The date may be a CYA but I think it's still a good thing to have. Also a nice thing about Calumet is that they have that store label on the package with a date. That helps with undated brands of paper.