Want to buy Australian made? Make sure you check your barcode… 45



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This is worth knowing, so take the time to read this, especially the 2nd bit.


Learn from BARCODES

Please remember: the Australian barcode prefix is 93.

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.


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 is Made in Taiwan.

This is our right to know, but our governments and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to do it 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
All 480 Codes are Made in THE PHILIPPINES..

For a longer list of the barcode country codes, see here.


Editor’s note: In researching this popular email forward, we found this information: “The company pre-fix doesn’t always identify a product’s country of origin. It identifies the origin of the company that made the product. That means if you buy a product with a U.S. company prefix (1-19, 30-39 or 60-139), there’s a chance that the product was manufactured outside the U.S., and possibly in China”.

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  1. Barcodes can lie. eg woolworths brand mangoes with australian barcode but reads made in thailand for woolworths brand. I look beyond the barcode for australian made. If it’s not there, then I don’t need it.

  2. I have been told that these codes tell us where the product was barcoded, NOT necessarily where the product itself originated. We should know the origin of every product.

  3. this is a hoax. it has been doing the rounds of the internet for at least 4 years to my sure and certain knowledge. Very disappointed that the facts were not checked before publication

  4. That’s all very well & good BUT if you take a closer 👀look Australian isn’t Australian:Example 100% Australian owned but the products are imported with some local stuff in it. The public is not fooled by this sort of advertising 👀

  5. Suggest you check this. Barcodes are created and sold by companies who make this their business. I looked into it several years ago and found it is certainly not that simple.

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