If you are really interested in the origin

ruthieg__txJuly 23, 2013

of something you are going to buy....You can make yourself a little card with the bar codes on it and help yourself determine the origin...Sometimes it isn't clearly marked on the packages.

There are exceptions and you can check it out at snopes.

HOW TO READ BAR CODES...

ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY--NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK CAREFULLY!

With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made "black-hearted goods".

Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).

It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes....interesting !

If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan .
If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 00-09 then it's made or sourced in USA.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA", so they don't show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode -

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
45 or 49 ........JAPAN
489...........HONG KONG
50 .......... UK
57 .........DENMARK
64..........FINLAND
76.........SWITZERLAND and LIENCHTENSTIEN
471......... is Made in TAIWAN (see sample)
628.........SAUDI ARABIA
629.........UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
740..........745 - CENTRAL AMERICA

All 480 Codes are Made in the PHILIPPINES. Share it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Snopes

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azzalea

I'm sorry, Ruthie, but I read the Snopes entry regarding bar codes.

Before anyone in the US goes to the trouble to copy all those numbers, according to Snopes, they are the European codes, and are NOT the same for the codes use in the US.

And even then, the codes can be misleading, because the origen may be hidden by the product being purchased and packaged in a second country.

Be sure to read the Snopes article all the way to the end. And remember, the catch phrase, 'spread this to everyone' is usually a red flag.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 2:24PM
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suzieque

I agree with Azzalea. Must read the full Snopes story. This has gone around before, including on the KT. Just not reliable.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 3:12PM
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suzieque

Edited to remove duplicate.

This post was edited by suzieque on Tue, Jul 23, 13 at 15:29

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 3:27PM
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glenda_al

Saw that on Facebook.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 3:38PM
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joyfulguy

People seldom ask where I'm from ...

... but sometimes tell me where to go!

When a store clerk directs me to where to find a product that I've asked for, when I ask them if they often get to tell people where to go ... and whether they're good at it ... it usually gets a bit of a laugh going.

o j

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 7:46PM
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