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How to read Bar Codes - are you buying from China?

 
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How to read Bar Codes - are you buying from China?
How to read bar codes.

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



The whole world is afraid of China-made "goods".

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.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public.

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 bar code.
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
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK

Buy USA & CANADIAN, by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

Don't know if this accurate or not but am going to write those numbers down and check my groceries from now on.

CG
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Blackberry has app for reading bar codes- pretty handy
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Blackberry has app for reading bar codes- pretty handy
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Don't have a Blackberry so i guess i have to just write mine down. LOL
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COOL COOL COOL!

Thank you!

I hate not being able to tell what food is from China.
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thanx
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00 - 09 ...USA & CANADA
30 - 37 ...FRANCE
40 - 44 ...GERMANY
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK


 Quoting: CountryGirl


It the first two digits, or the first and last? I ask, because looking various barcodes around my house, the first and last digit are smaller and separated from the rest, which makes me think they are related.
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COOL COOL COOL!

Thank you!

I hate not being able to tell what food is from China.
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U R welcome
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00 - 09 ...USA & CANADA
30 - 37 ...FRANCE
40 - 44 ...GERMANY
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK




It the first two digits, or the first and last? I ask, because looking various barcodes around my house, the first and last digit are smaller and separated from the rest, which makes me think they are related.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 855443



It is the very first 3 digits.

They most likely will be separated by a space.
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Re: How to read Bar Codes - are you buying from China?
How to read bar codes.

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



The whole world is afraid of China-made "goods".

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.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public.

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 bar code.
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
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK

Buy USA & CANADIAN, by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

Don't know if this accurate or not but am going to write those numbers down and check my groceries from now on.

CG
 Quoting: CountryGirl



China makes the best Human growth horemone,sold t the best price anywhere.The quality of other items has gone up of late.
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thanx
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U R welcome.

I found it interesting.
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...

Buy USA & CANADIAN, by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

...
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Umm, if this is food, I'm not buying China OR U.S.

Those 2 countries have major contamination and production issues.
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00 - 09 ...USA & CANADA
30 - 37 ...FRANCE
40 - 44 ...GERMANY
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK




It the first two digits, or the first and last? I ask, because looking various barcodes around my house, the first and last digit are smaller and separated from the rest, which makes me think they are related.



It is the very first 3 digits.

They most likely will be separated by a space.
 Quoting: CountryGirl


Thanks for the info. I did some quick searching, and there are country lists available on the internet, with the caveat that the numbers represent the country in which the code was assigned. A company can request a number from any country that it has an office in it. So an American company will have an American prefix, even if the actual product is made elsewhere.
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How to read bar codes.

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



The whole world is afraid of China-made "goods".

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.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public.

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 bar code.
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
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK

Buy USA & CANADIAN, by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

Don't know if this accurate or not but am going to write those numbers down and check my groceries from now on.

CG
 Quoting: CountryGirl


I'm confused because from what I saw about bar codes on the internet the first number is always 6, the middle number is 6, and the number at the end is 6.
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In November, I bought a 40 lb sack of Pedigree dog food. Both our dogs got really sick ($350 vet bill) and we discovered it was the food. There was no phone number on the sack. We googled the food and discovered they had plants all over the world. The 20 lb sack clearly states it is made in Canada, but heaven only knows who manufactures the larger bags. Since that time, I have noticed that almost all the doggie treats sold by the grocery store (Kroger) are made in China. Yet if I look at the treats at PetSmart or PetCo, most are still made in the US. Be careful about where your pet food comes from.
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00 - 09 ...USA & CANADA
30 - 37 ...FRANCE
40 - 44 ...GERMANY
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK




It the first two digits, or the first and last? I ask, because looking various barcodes around my house, the first and last digit are smaller and separated from the rest, which makes me think they are related.



It is the very first 3 digits.

They most likely will be separated by a space.


Thanks for the info. I did some quick searching, and there are country lists available on the internet, with the caveat that the numbers represent the country in which the code was assigned. A company can request a number from any country that it has an office in it. So an American company will have an American prefix, even if the actual product is made elsewhere.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 855443



>>So an American company will have an American prefix, even if the actual product is made elsewhere.<<

I hate to hear that.

What got me started wondering where my food was coming from - was the frozen fish.
So much of it said 'farm raised in China'.
And i had read that they feedd the fish all sorts of contaminated 'food'.

So i wondered then, what about other groceries we buy?

Seems we can't win for losing. LOL
Gal 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Here in America - in GOD we still trust...
Be silent! Be patient! Be quiet!
Be Still! - And know that He is God.
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How to read bar codes.

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



The whole world is afraid of China-made "goods".

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.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public.

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 bar code.
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
47 ...Taiwan
49 ...JAPAN
50 ...UK

Buy USA & CANADIAN, by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

Don't know if this accurate or not but am going to write those numbers down and check my groceries from now on.

CG


I'm confused because from what I saw about bar codes on the internet the first number is always 6, the middle number is 6, and the number at the end is 6.
 Quoting: Profit 6



That is not true.

See for yourself, pick up anything you have in your home and look at the bar code.
Gal 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Here in America - in GOD we still trust...
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Be Still! - And know that He is God.
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Well, one of the problems I have with food produced in the U.S. is that we have no labeling requirement if the food is processed and the INGREDIENTS come from other countries.

So you can buy anything from the U.S. and it can be from anywhere else and you wouldn't know it, if they processed it in any way.

And the USDA and FDA are not testing the food imports from China as they come in to the U.S.
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It's not marked as a 6.
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It's not marked as a 6.
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LOL


Yah - ya gotta watch that internet info sometimes.
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I don't think this information is entirely accurate.

Right now, I'm drinking a Boulevard Dry Stout. It is brewed and bottled right in Kansas City, MO.

Barcode says: 726959901426
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Seriously, the two lines in the middle. The thin ones that come down further than the rest. That's a six. It's not marked.

There is a set of double thin lines at the beginning, that come down further like the ones in the middle. That's a 6. It is not marked. The two lines at the end. Same thing.
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That's why so many people suspect the UPC code will play into the Biblical beast system of no man being able to buy or sell without the mark.

The three unmarked 6's in the UPC code.
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Essentially that system is in place. You can hardly make a product and sell it without the UPC mark.

You can hardly buy a product without it, except for maybe a surfboard or a car.
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OK that 666 bar code video now has me officially spooked...
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OK that 666 bar code video now has me officially spooked...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 870100

It shouldn't. I buy herbal tea. I know the code is there. I doesn't spook me.

All I need to be concerned about is how I live my life so when I die I can meet God with confidence.

Is it a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy? Maybe, maybe not. Even if it is it doesn't change how I live my life good or bad.

I wouldn't be overly concerned about it. I pay more attention to whether or not I am getting a good deal on the price than the UPC code.
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OK that 666 bar code video now has me officially spooked...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 870100



Trust me -

you have nothing to worry about - 666 has absolutely nothing to do with bar codes.
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I don't think this information is entirely accurate.

Right now, I'm drinking a Boulevard Dry Stout. It is brewed and bottled right in Kansas City, MO.

Barcode says: 726959901426
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 870100



That is US code. Think about it. 7 2 6

00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
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I don't think this information is entirely accurate.

Right now, I'm drinking a Boulevard Dry Stout. It is brewed and bottled right in Kansas City, MO.

Barcode says: 726959901426



That is US code. Think about it. 7 2 6

00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
 Quoting: CountryGirl
I am not so sure I am buying this, as I having been dealing with bar codes, commonly known as UPC's (Universal Product Code), for 30 years, on a daily basis.

the number above 726959901426, breaks down last this
7-26959-90142-6. The 26959 is the vendor number. Each manufacturer has its own number, some have several to describe sub companies, or even brands within a company. For instance, Tylenol, made by McNeil, has a vendor number of 3-00450. The 90142 in the number above, describes the product, whether it be a case or unit (sometimes they are different, sometimes the same). the trailing 6 in the number above, does not mean anything in my world, scanners don't even read that number. The beginning number 7, is an extender because they ran on of numbers starting with 0 (used to be all UPC's starting with zero). So the vendor number above is 7-26959. Items from mexico will have 13 digits, instead of the normal 11 in the USA, as in 7-269591-901421, with no trailing number.

That being said, I am still not sure how you get a country of origin out of these codes, with the first three digits being part of the vendor descriptor.

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