Several weeks ago, Current Affair did a Report on frozen vegetables imported from New Zealand. As it turns out if it is a Coles or Woolies 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 vegetable 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 vegetables 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 vegetables in that pack come from.
Learn from BARCODES
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, 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 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 and CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ DENMARK
64 ~ FINLAND
76 ~ SWITZERLAND and LIECHTENSTEIN
93 ~ AUSTRALIA
628 ~ SAUDI ARABIA
629 ~ UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
740-745 ~ CENTRAL AMERICA
All 480 Codes are Made in THE PHILIPPINES.
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’.
Avoid buying all processed food packaged in China. Anything goes! We just don’t know what else is in those packages. Unlike countries like the United States and Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britian – China does not have laws regulating food processing.
When I lived in China it was not uncommon for people to die (I am not kidding) from food poisoning by eating vegetables grown in Shenzhen where I lived. The veges were sold in Hong Kong – people died and it was reported, not sure it would be today.
Your Health is at Stake!
REMEMBER THE AUSTRALIAN BARCODE PREFIX????
IT IS 93