Barcodes: Where Does Food Come From?

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 the label  especially at Tesco / Asda and other supermarkets when buying food products.

Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.

It is important to read the bar code to track it’s origin.

This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.

GREAT WAY TO “BUY BRITISH “ [or wherever you come from]AND NOT FROM elsewhere [if you don’t want or intend to].

Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?  If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan .
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore, we have to educate 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:


690-692 Then it is MADE IN CHINA

00 – 09 USA & CANADA

30 – 37 … FRANCE

40 – 44 … GERMANY

471 …. Taiwan

49 JAPAN

50 UK

The illustration below shows a Taiwan barcode

Barcodes

Post Script: Since posting this I have been going around the kitchen checking the barcodes out and am pleased to say [because I live in Britain] that most everything on my shelves, except my honey strangely… has a 50 barcode! So thats good. I shall definitely be looking when I go shopping from now on though…

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4 Responses so far »

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    ThorNews said,

    Thank you for a very interesting article!

    Yes – where does food come from? “690-692 … Then it is MADE IN CHINA” – but that does not mean the food is legally imported (or controlled by food authorities).

    See: Organized Smuggling of Chinese Garlic From Norway
    http://thornews.com/2013/02/23/organized-smuggling-of-chinese-garlic-from-norway/

    Thor

    • 2

      Yes, you are so right, and I am very glad I can put your link in the blog for others to follow up and explore nmore themselves. Guess I wanted to give people a gentle intro but when they start looking [as with many many other subjects…] I think they will be pretty horrified! So thanks for that.

  2. 3

    I shared your link on FB I hope you didn’t mind,I have alot of homesteader friends on there.


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