|The bar code does not necessarily indicate country of origin. An article by Bert Moore, Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). |
There has been a number of postings recently claiming that the initial digit of a GS1 (EAN/UPC) bar code indicates the product's country of origin. That's not necessarily the case. The first digit(s) of a retail bar code only indicates the location of the company that registered the product and sometimes identifies a special implementation such as whether it is the ID of a medical product.
But not necessarily country of origin.
Read the full article in the January 18, 2012 - AIM Connections Newsletter