How To Use A Barcode To Reveal Your Food’s Origin
From David in St. Pete Beach, Florida
Thanks to David, we have more detailed information concerning reading bar codes.
A week or so ago, Current Affair did a Report on frozen vegetables imported from New Zealand. As it turns out, if it is a Coles or Woollies home brand there is a more than a good chance that the product has come from China. Products made by McCain’s, Birdseye and other supposed reputable companies from New Zealand are now purchasing veggie products from China and selling that product under their name.
Basically, check where the product is produced by looking at the comments on the back of the package. If it says “produced from New Zealand” and “Imported product” it probably has Chinese veggies in it. Put it back on the shelf.
I would go as far as to say, even if it has “product of New Zealand” on it, I would be suspicious about where those veggies in that package came from.
I suppose to play it safe unless it has been grown and packed in Australia stay away from it unless you don’t mind digesting poisons.
FYI, the Australian bar code is 930 to 939.
DANGEROUS IMPORTED FOODS
There are no food inspection regulations of foods grown or processed in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong or Thailand.
Other world countries are scared of China making ‘black hearted goods’ but can you differentiate which one is made in Australia, the USA, Philippines, Taiwan or China? For your Information … the first 3 digits of the barcode is the country code where-in the product was made.
Example: all barcodes that start with 690; 691 through to 695 are all MADE IN CHINA.
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 through to 695, then it is Made in China. Don’t forget, Hong Kong is now China, too.
CLICK HERE for a list of bar code prefixes.