How to read bar codes

By Dave Blackmore Store Manager Save-On-Foods #980 Orchard Plaza Kelowna

This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.

SAMPLE- 4 71008 412539 – this item is from Taiwan!

The whole world is afraid of China-made “black hearted goods”. Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China? If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.

471 is Made in Taiwan.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to EDUCATE 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:

690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA

00 – 09 … USA & CANADA

30 – 37 … FRANCE

40 – 44 … GERMANY

47 … Taiwan

49 … JAPAN

50 … UK

Buy Canada and U.S. by watching for “0” at the beginning of the number.

We need every boost we can get!

Here is a link to Wikipedia with more information on the Universal Bar Code reading.


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