I received this in my email today, name omitted by request.
Subject: Food safety
Learn more about Barcodes
Check this out at the Freezer before purchasing !!!!!!
Current Affair did a Report (Sept 2011) on frozen vegetables imported from New Zealand. As it turns out if it is a Coles or Woolies home brand there is a more than 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 vegie products from China and selling that product under their name.
Basically check where it is produced by the comments on the back of the pack and if it says produced from New Zealand and Imported product it has Chinese vegies in it, put it back on the shelf. I would even go as far as to say, even if it has product of New Zealand on it, I would be suspicious about where those vegies in that pack come 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
PLEASE NOTE – if you love Australian produce and the thought of keeping jobs here, AND you like to eat healthy foods and buy quality products, then please read on. Please also note the Australian barcode prefix is 93.
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, The 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 699 are all MADE IN CHINA
471 ~ 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 and CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ DENMARK
64 ~ FINLAND
76 ~ SWITZERLAND and LIECHTENSTEIN
93 ~ AUSTRALIA
628 ~ SAUDI ARABIA
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 Britain 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.Your Health is at Stake!
Remember The Australian Bar Code Prefix 93