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It is becoming more and more common to hear car guys complain about Chinese replacement parts for their cars. It has also become common for grocery shoppers to avoid foods from certain countries. Are wonderful Government recently passed legislation removing country identification from food and I wonder is car parts will be far behind. What are we supposed to do in our search for the correct part that will fit and last and be make in America?

If you share my desire to purchase items made and grown in the USA I have a solution for you. In school we called it a cheat sheet, at least that is what I was told. I would never have thought of such a thing back in the day.

I suggest that you write down the following information on a credit card size piece of paper and keep in your billfold. If we don’t write it down for future reference you will likely not remember it. I know my aging brain and memory certainly can’t. If you don’t know how to differentiate which products come from Canada, Philippines, Taiwan or China or the USA this will be your cheat sheet.

The first three digits of the barcode is the country code wherein the product was made or grown. Government and related departments have not seen fit to educate the public. Therefore, we have to educate ourselves. 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 on all products and foods.

The first three numbers in the Barcode designate the country of origin. The two you will likely most want to remember: 690-695 is Made in China and 00 ~ 13 is for USA & Canada.

Here is a more complete list:

Barcodes

30 ~ 37: France

40 ~ 44: Germany

49: Japan

50: UK

57: Denmark

64: Finland

76: Switzerland and Liechtenstein

471: Taiwan

480: Philippines

628: Saudi-Arabia

629: United Arab Emirates

690 ~ 695 China

740 ~ 745: Central America

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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