When buying a product, more and more people pay attention to the bar code printed on the packaging of the product, it's just a bar code. And this, of course, is correct. A barcode can provide enough useful information, including the country of origin of a product, if you know how to read it.
According to the European standard, the barcode must be 13 digits long. The first two digits indicate the country where the product was produced, the next five are the manufacturer's code. It is followed by five more digits - this is the code of the product itself. Finally, the last digit of the barcode is a control one, it serves to determine its authenticity.
That is, to determine the country of origin of a product, you just need to look at the first two digits. Each country has a specific digital code or several codes. The most common ones on the Russian market: Australia: 93; Austria: 90, 91; Belgium and Luxembourg: 54; Great Britain and Northern Ireland: 50; Germany: 40, 41, 42, 43; Holland: 87; Denmark: 57; Israel: 72; Iceland: 84; Italy: 80, 81, 82, 83; Norway: 70; Portugal: 56; USA and Canada: 00, 01, 03, 04, 06; Turkey: 86; Finland: 64; France: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37; Switzerland: 76; Sweden: 73; South Africa: 60, 61; Japan: 49. Russia on barcodes is denoted by the numbers 460-469.
In addition, the barcode can also be recognized directly by the manufacturing organization. To do this, the five digits following the country code must be verified through the unified information system of the global register GEPIR. This can be done via the Internet: go to the Russian or main page of GEPIR and enter the code you are interested in. However, keep in mind that not all manufacturers can be represented in this system - in many countries, disclosure laws may give manufacturing companies the ability to choose if they want to submit data to GERIP or not.