With all the food and pet products now coming from other countries, it is best to make sure you read all labels 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 'the quality of products, when they were made and where they were grown or packaged".
|471 Indicates - Made in Taiwan|
For example. When you read a label can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar codes is interesting and one of the most reliable if you compare it with the product label!
If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, the product is Made in China. If it is 471 it is Made in Taiwan. If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 00-09 then it's made or sourced in USA.
We need to educate ourselves about labels because the government and its related departments never seem to educate the general public. Product standards set for labels (non UPC labels) sometimes do not require an origin but only the indication of a distribution company especially in private label products purchased by large retailers or distributors. Many labels do not show true manufacturing points. However, you may now refer to the bar code (UPC) since it is a tracking number used to show an international origin. It must contain international tracking information in addition to its common use as price scanning for retail or wholesale price. You are much safer in discovering the origin if you know how to read the bar code label. Examples:
Remember if the first 3 digits are:
890 ...... India
690, 691, 692 ... China
00 - 09 ... USA and Canada
30 - 37 ... France
40 - 44 ... Germany
471 ........ Taiwan (see example picture)
45 or 49 ........ Japan
50 .......... United Kingdom
76......... Switzerland and Lienchtenstien
629.........United Arab Emirates
740 - 745 - Central America
480 ..... Philippines
There are countries that are not on this short list such as South America / Mexico. One of the best articles for more information can be found by clicking here.
The best final source and 'an authority' on tracking a product(s) or true origin manufacture through a national/worldwide data base is Gregg London ... you may view his site by clicking here.
As with checking the 'best price' we should also check the labels. Both on the packaging and the Universal Pricing Code (UPC) for as much information as possible.
Source: FCNews Staff