Australian food barcode prefix 93 hoax

Australian food barcode prefix 93 hoax

Australian food barcode prefix 93 hoax

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Australian food barcode prefix 93 hoax

Australian food barcode prefix 93

The old “Australian food barcode prefix 93” hoax is doing the rounds again. Here is a quick look at the hoax. This hoax is still going around so please share this post in Facebook and on Twitter to inform others that the barcode prefix in your country does NOT always mean that the product is entirely local.

An email started going around back in about 2008 after the milk scare in China at the time. The email claimed that you can tell a food product’s country of origin just from the first few digits in the bar code. This claim is a common hoax that has since been perpetuated on Facebook.

The Australian food barcode prefix is 93, the hoax says. So how does that explain other bar codes in Australia and also the fact that products from overseas have the 93 prefix?

Seriously, just look in your pantry, fridge and freezer. Then read Snopes and Hoax Slayer et al. An example: Amgoorie tea leaves have a bar code starting with the numbers ‘9’ and ‘3’, yet, as you would expect, it is a product of India. Forget the different bar codes in Australia and look at what the packaging says is the country of origin for the food.

Just because a specific set of bar codes is assigned to a country does not mean that the product actually comes from there. It is all just simple common sense, of course!

Update – 22/3/15:

I posted about this hoax on the Facebook pages of Coles, Woolworths and ALDI to remind people that it is just a hoax. I was not expecting any response from the companies but perhaps a few from some customers. However, much to my appreciation, Coles has responded this morning by saying the following:

Thanks for taking the time to share this. We can confirm you’re correct as the first two or three digits of an ‘EAN-13 barcode’ identify the country in which the manufacturer’s identification code/ barcode sequences were assigned. This number does not indicate the country in which the goods were manufactured.

I am quite pleased that one of the supermarkets has responded by pointing out that was has been assigned bar code wise does not mean it is where it comes from, like I said. Hopefully, those who believe the hoax elsewhere will take note of what the supermarket said, not what the hoax says.

Update – 10/6/15:

Here is the actual Facebook hoax. It has been around for a few years now in different forms. It is poorly written with naive, ignorant people in mind because they would not think to actually apply some thinking and check their pantry to see what the back of product packaging actually says. If you see this hoax in your Facebook profile just delete it and ask the person that posted it to do the same!

A week or so ago, Current Affair did a Report on frozen vegetables imported from New Zealand . As it turns out if it is a Coles or Woollies 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

Pretty scary stuff!!

Learn from BARCODES

This will cheer you up, hope you’re not having chicken for dinner

Please remember…….the Australian barcode prefix is 93

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.


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 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. Send to as many people as possible. 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!


IT IS 93

Update – 15/2/16:

Unfortunately the gullible keep sharing this hoax in Facebook. One in particular is by Helen Turner on March 9, 2015. I have nothing against her for the message about looking at where food products come from but people need to stop sharing it because it contains the hoax part. It has been shared 272,096 times.

Update – 16/2/16:

I posted about the hoax in the Facebook pages of major supermarkets last night and today ALDI Australia responded saying:

Hi Adelaide. ALDI Australia use our own barcoding system to identify products with the number appearing on or near the barcode. A country of origin statement is displayed on all packaging for your reference. Thanks for posting.

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