UPC Codes Show Country Of Origin
With all the tainted products being imported these days, its hard to trust out of country products. Often times in recent memory, Chinese products have been the focus of many of these investigations as manufacturing standards and laws are simply out of date. With so many problems, Americans have begun looking elsewhere for some products.
A few of these tainted products in recent memory have been mercury in children’s toys, children’s foods containing chemicals, paints with lead or other harmful chemicals, automobile parts and phony electronics… to name just a few.
Now, what if there was a way that by simply looking on the back of a product you could tell the country of origin? On older products, there used to be a mark somewhere that would indicate “Made In China” or “Made In Taiwan”, however Chinese companies have noticed that the average American consumer has recently had a declining demand for asian-made products, and so they have stopped placing these markings accordingly.
One way to help determine a products country of origin has been found, and it is all related to the barcode label or UPC code. On any product, the prefix to the barcode, those little black lines that the cashier scans, can reveal the answer.
For example, an American or Canadian based company will have a barcode prefix of 0-9, while a possible competing Asian based company’s products would have a barcode label prefix of 690-692.
Although these barcode prefixes do tell you what country a company is located, even if that company is located in China, they might still manufacture from anywhere around the world. This means that all that the barcode prefix can tell you is origin of the company, not point of manufacture.
For the entire list of barcode prefixes, please visit GS1 US’s official website, and stay alert with where the products in your house are from.