Every one must know how to Read Bar Codes…
On the foods you buy always read the labels,turn it over and read the back. No matter what the front of the box or package says.
It is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket especially when buying food product, with all the food and pet products now coming from China. Many products only show where the distributor is located and not were they were made. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black-hearted goods”.
The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods. To track it’s origin it is important to read the bar code. How to read Bar Codes ….interesting !
The product is MADE IN CHINA if the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692. 471 is made in Taiwan. It’s made or sourced in USA if the first 3 digits of the barcode are 00-09. The government and related departments never educate the public but this is our right to know, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen don’t show from which country a product is made because they know that consumers do not prefer products”MADE IN CHINA” – remember if the first 3 digits are:
890……MADE IN INDIA
690, 691, 692 … then it is
MADE IN CHINA
00 – 09 … USA and CANADA
30 – 37 … FRANCE
40 – 44 … GERMANY
471 …….. Taiwan
49 ………. JAPAN
50 ………. UK
This warning actually dates back to 2007, when melamine poisoned milk products, pet foods and lead poisoned toys became a concern in China originating products.
Hoax or Fact:
Mixture of hoax and facts.
By reading the Bar Code printed on back side of the product the message claims that one can easily find the manufacturing country and origin of food and pet products. The message claims that this way you can avoid the so called ‘black-hearted goods’ and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Foods coming from China. However, this is not a fact.
Generally bar codes are used to represent the data relating to the object on which it is printed. For retail products like these it is important to note that there exist more than one system of bar codes. Universal Product Code – U.P.C is one, EAN-13 European Article Number is other, and the less used EAN-8. So, from its bar code it will be difficult to read and identify the country information of a food product. The most commonly used bar codes like UPC do NOT contain any kind of country identifier. The ones that do contain country identifier like EAN standard bar codes do NOT associate with the country of origin of the product, rather it shows where the bar code was registered. This means that a China product that is sold in India can have country identifier of EAN bar code showing it as Indian product. They may use the country identifier prefix in bar codes to assign as their domestic products in some parts of the world. In general, you can not read the bar codes and identify the country of origin for sure.
The best way to know the country of origin of a food or pet product is to look for the label “Made in XYZ” instead of reading bar codes.
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