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Barcodes and food

Discussion in 'Break Room' started by markjohconley, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

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    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.

    4 71 is Made in Taiwan .

    This is our right to know, but our governments and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE OURSELVES.
    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.
    00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
    30 ~ 37 FRANCE
    40 ~ 44 GERMANY
    49 ~ JAPAN
    50 ~ UK
    57 ~ Denmark
    64 ~ Finland
    76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    93 ~ Australia
    628 ~ Saudi-Arabian
    629 ~ United Arab Emirates
    740 ~ 745 - Central America
    All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines..

    DO NOT BUY FOOD PROCESSED IN CHINA , HONG KONG , VIETNAM or THAILAND !!! Remember, there are no food inspection regulations!!!

    WATCH WHAT YOU BUY. ESPECIALLY 'HIGHLINER' FISH PRODUCTS; all come from China , even though the box says 'product of Canada ', it is from China and 'processed' in Canada , that is, only the coating is added and packaged in Canada. The fish are raised in pens using chemicals that are banned in Canada as cancer causing but legal in China . This was exposed on CBC TV's 'Marketplace'.

    Please think before buying anything from China .

    Avoid buying all processed food packaged in China ...Anything goes! We just don't know what else is in those packages. Unlike the United States and CANADA (and Australia , Germany , France , Italy , Great Britian et al) China does not have laws regulating food processing.

    Basically, do not buy any processed food from China . This includes Hong Kong. MANY companies are using a Hong Kong address to avoid this type of image reputation.
    These undercover pictures speak a thousand words. WHICH DON'T DOWNLOAD

    Early dawn, starts the day by riding around to collect dead chickens.

    Asking around for dead chickens.

    Total of 5 riders are hired by the boss to ride to farms to buy dead chickens.

    A dead chicken cost 1 RMB and would be sold at 9 RMB after processing.

    Storage for the dead chickens in the court yard:

    Carcasses are thrown everywhere.

    And on the floor....

    Four employees start de-feathering the dead fowl after soaking in boiling water from a rusty wok,
    enduring the pungent odour, but sometimes, it gets so terrible that even the most experienced of the workers would puke.
    Workers rushing to get the chickens de-feathered.

    A discarded bath tub being used to soak the bare skin dead chickens....
    The contaminated water would have accelerated the decomposition process..

    Wearing slippers walking among the chickens before the colouring processing.

    After the colour dye, its creepy to find that they are quite tenderized.

    And now presenting the mouth watering Charcoal Roasted Chicken!

    Do NOT buy food originating in China (or Vietnam or Thailand)! Take the time to read the labels and look for country of origin!
    Your Health is at Stake!
  2. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member


    while a lot of what you have said about food hygiene standards and regulation in China may be correct, the Bar code information is misleading.

    There's more than one kind of bar code in use around the world. UPC bar codes, the type most commonly used in the United States, do not typically contain a country identifier. A different type of bar code known as EAN-13 does contain a country identifier, but it's more commonly used in Europe and other countries outside the U.S.

    Even in the case of EAN-13 bar codes, the digits associated with country of origin don't necessarily specify where the product was manufactured, but rather where the bar code itself was registered. So, for example, a product manufactured in China and sold in France could have an EAN-13 bar code identifying it as a "French" product. The 3-digit prefix code indicates which numbering organization has allocated the bank of numbers to the company. For example, a company may have it's headquarters in South Africa. The EAN organization in South Africa has the code "600", but all the products of the company may be manufactured in England. The English-made products would still have the "600" prefix code. The prefix code is a way to have 70-plus EAN member organizations issuing numbers without having to worry about duplicate numbers

    Looking for a "Made in XYZ" label is generally more helpful, but, particularly with regard to foods and beverages, there's no sure-fire way to determine in every case where a product or its components originated. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration mandates country-of-origin labeling on many food products, but there are exceptions, most notably the entire category of "processed foods." Consumer groups are currently advocating the closure of these loopholes.

    And I pretty sure that in Australia, country of origin as well as country of processing are on the lables

    check Food Standards Australia for up to date information
  3. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    Thanks Stephen.
    There is a company, NZ owned, that sells frozen vegetables in Australia.
    Last year I noticed it had "Made for local and imported ingredients" on its '6 Variety Mix'. I phoned the contact number and enquired, and was told that 5 of the vegetables were produced in NZ however the 6th, the broccoli pieces, were imported from China. I informed her that I wasn't going to purchase them anymore since China (and India) still manufacture and use DDT on their agricultural products. Not a month later I noticed that they were selling a "5 Variety Mix" with no broccoli!
    I was told they consider each phone call complaint is equivalent to 100 complaints that are phoned in.
  4. SarahR

    SarahR Active Member

    Fabulous Mark! I hate it when people say "we can't change things". We can control what we put in our shopping carts and mouths.
  5. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    yep, not dead yet, Sarah R
  6. blinda

    blinda MVP

  7. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    classic, the first time i saw the Grail was the night of the day i dropped out of uni for the 2nd or 3rd time, mid-seventies anyway, memories...

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