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GS1 Prefix List - How to Determine Origin of Food From Barcodes?

Do you know that it may be possible to determine the country where a food product is manufactured bought from a supermarket by reading the barcodes on the package itself? However, do note that the barcodes do not provide identification of country of origin for a given product though hopefully the manufacturer can put our mind at ease if certain countries are in our blacklist.

How to read the barcodes?
  1. Turn over the food product and look for the barcode.


  2. The first 3 digits of the barcode will reveal the GS1 Prefix.

  3. Tally with the list below to find out the country where the food product could have been manufactured at.

    GS1 Prefixes do not provide identification of country of origin for a given product. They simply provide number capacity to different countries for assignment from that location to companies who apply. Those companies in turn may manufacture products anywhere in the world.

    ASSIGNED GS1 PREFIXES
    000 - 019GS1 US
    020 - 029Restricted distribution (MO defined)
    030 - 039GS1 US
    040 - 049Restricted distribution (MO defined)
    050 - 059Coupons
    060 - 139GS1 US
    200 - 299Restricted distribution (MO defined)
    300 - 379GS1 France
    380GS1 Bulgaria
    383GS1 Slovenija
    385GS1 Croatia
    387GS1 BIH (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    389GS1 Montenegro
    400 - 440GS1 Germany
    450 - 459 & 490 - 499GS1 Japan
    460 - 469GS1 Russia
    470GS1 Kyrgyzstan
    471GS1 Taiwan
    474GS1 Estonia
    475GS1 Latvia
    476GS1 Azerbaijan
    477GS1 Lithuania
    478GS1 Uzbekistan
    479GS1 Sri Lanka
    480GS1 Philippines
    481GS1 Belarus
    482GS1 Ukraine
    484GS1 Moldova
    485GS1 Armenia
    486GS1 Georgia
    487GS1 Kazakstan
    488GS1 Tajikistan
    489GS1 Hong Kong
    500 - 509GS1 UK
    520 - 521GS1 Association Greece
    528GS1 Lebanon
    529GS1 Cyprus
    530GS1 Albania
    531GS1 MAC (FYR Macedonia)
    535GS1 Malta
    539GS1 Ireland
    540 - 549GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg
    560GS1 Portugal
    569GS1 Iceland
    570 - 579GS1 Denmark
    590GS1 Poland
    594GS1 Romania
    599GS1 Hungary
    600 - 601GS1 South Africa
    603GS1 Ghana
    604GS1 Senegal
    608GS1 Bahrain
    609GS1 Mauritius
    611GS1 Morocco
    613GS1 Algeria
    615GS1 Nigeria
    616GS1 Kenya
    618GS1 Ivory Coast
    619GS1 Tunisia
    620GS1 Tanzania
    621GS1 Syria
    622GS1 Egypt
    623GS1 Brunei
    624GS1 Libya
    625GS1 Jordan
    626GS1 Iran
    627GS1 Kuwait
    628GS1 Saudi Arabia
    629GS1 Emirates
    640 - 649GS1 Finland
    690 - 699GS1 China
    700 - 709GS1 Norway
    729GS1 Israel
    730 - 739GS1 Sweden
    740GS1 Guatemala
    741GS1 El Salvador
    742GS1 Honduras
    743GS1 Nicaragua
    744GS1 Costa Rica
    745GS1 Panama
    746GS1 Republica Dominicana
    750GS1 Mexico
    754 - 755GS1 Canada
    759GS1 Venezuela
    760 - 769GS1 Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera
    770 - 771GS1 Colombia
    773GS1 Uruguay
    775GS1 Peru
    777GS1 Bolivia
    778 - 779GS1 Argentina
    780GS1 Chile
    784GS1 Paraguay
    786GS1 Ecuador
    789 - 790GS1 Brasil  
    800 - 839GS1 Italy  
    840 - 849GS1 Spain  
    850GS1 Cuba
    858GS1 Slovakia
    859GS1 Czech
    860 GS1 Serbia
    865GS1 Mongolia
    867GS1 North Korea
    868 - 869GS1 Turkey
    870 - 879GS1 Netherlands
    880GS1 South Korea
    884GS1 Cambodia
    885GS1 Thailand
    888GS1 Singapore
    890GS1 India
    893GS1 Vietnam
    896GS1 Pakistan
    899GS1 Indonesia
    900 - 919GS1 Austria
    930 - 939GS1 Australia
    940 - 949GS1 New Zealand
    950GS1 Global Office
    951GS1 Global Office (EPCglobal)
    955GS1 Malaysia
    958GS1 Macau
    960-969Global Office (GTIN-8s)
    977Serial publications (ISSN)
    978 - 979Bookland (ISBN)
    980Refund receipts
    981 - 983Common Currency Coupons
    990 - 999Coupons

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