Bar Codes: Understanding
Retail Bar Codes
The bar code does not
necessarily indicate country of origin
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.
not necessarily country of origin.
Publication date: January 2012