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I know that due to the intricacy of the system my request might not be of any help; but nevertheless I would dearly love to get hold of the list of bar codes and their numbers that will tell me at least where the food product I'll purchase is bottled or packaged. Can somebody help? please.
thank you

Posted by daniel soler on November 19, 2008 1:53 PM

This is the list that was in the email that I received:

However, you may now refer to the barcode, remember if the first 3 digits is 690-695 then it is Made in China .

00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Lienchtenstein
628 ~ Saudi-Arabien
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
740 ~ 745 - Central America

All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines.

Posted by kafirlily on November 20, 2008 7:15 AM

you are an IDIOT kafirlily. didnt you read this article?? THE FIRST THRE DIGITS DOES NOT TELL YOU WHERE THE FOOD WAS MADE

what a freaking doormat you are. grow a brain.

Posted by kam on February 4, 2009 1:36 PM

It is the right of the consumer to know the origin of the product he/she going to buy. To protect the interest of the people there should some regulatory requirements but unfortunately nothing is in place. It is more unfortunate that many well known multinational companies like 'Nestle' doesn’t have such transparency in their portfolio. We hope something will come up to protect the interest of the consumer.


Posted by Thomas on February 19, 2009 2:14 AM

Why thomas? So you can discriminate against products from a country? So you can ruin the economy of a country based on what you hear on fox news?

What if countries stopped buying our US products because of the misconception that all we do, each and every single one of us is to fund war?

Misconceptions are powerful and crippling. Though you are right about the regulatory requirements.

What i'm trying to say is your message came across as one that would stop buying Chinese products over what you hear on fox, stop interacting with Mexicans because of swine flu. The examples go on.

It's pretty much the same as the guy giving you an interview for a job asking you your race, history and where your parents were born. It is useful for quite a few things but in the situation it is seemed more damaging than useful.

Posted by Max on June 9, 2009 2:24 AM

Get a life Max !.........Go and have a look at the way things are made, and the living conditions of folk producing them.... Also the sanitation involved in their production......You COULD be amazed,,,,,,,,,,,,Are you happy to become one?

Posted by Bob on June 25, 2009 1:57 AM


Posted by terry on December 4, 2009 8:50 AM

THis is not true about the UPC code. The country code states where the UPC code was generated and that comes from the US UPC Council. So example I have a company here in the US and I have a product being manufactured in China. I apply for the UPC code here in the US. The code shows that it was generated in the US but really the product is manufactured in China. You would never ever know. I know this becaused I have been involved in product development here in the US. Remember, it indicates the country that issued the code, NOT THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE PRODUCT

Posted by Alvie on December 18, 2009 7:41 AM

Alvie is right. I have 2 (just for starters) products that clearly state on the package Made in/Product of China with the so-called US/Canada digits. Looks like we're back a square one again.

Posted by Charles on January 17, 2010 4:48 AM

Reality is the UN or what ever unseen organization pushing this one world order are one step ahead of every one. They use forums like this for there intelligence.There aim is for one standard but YOU will have to rely on other 3rd world nation for your standard of living which you slowly but surely you have been accustomed to. So hang on and enjoy the down hill ride.

Posted by Chris on January 19, 2010 3:41 PM

I want to know where products come from,Period! Then I have the right to choose. If they keep finding problems with products made in China: children's toys ,apple juice, and probably so much more. then that's my right.
When we are serving apple juice ( made In China and find out that it's hazardous to children). Why do we not put a stop to it emmediately? Our children being poisoned by China doesn't bother some people, I can pretty much guarentee that those folks don't have children. Whats wrong with our apples?
How can china do it so much cheaper than us? because they are using their own people@ a wage so cheep that we couldn't compete in the market place. They abuse their people, why would they give a darn about ours.
I am soo tired about certain liberals who defend the wrong that other countries do. We have standards for our country, that other countries don't have to adhere to. Is that OK for you well it's not for me. Why is it Cheaper there? because they don't have the same standards we do. If you are sending your product to China to be produced of course you don't want us to know country of origion. There economy has improved,not ours.Our people have become greedy,and want to be rich. Buy and produce USA!!! Don't shop wallmart!

Posted by Jan on February 25, 2012 12:14 PM

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