Email Misleads on Bar Codes

The standards group for bar codes in the United States warned that misinformation about bar codes that could confuse shoppers and harm retailers was being propagated nationwide via a fast-spreading viral email. The email stated that the first three digits in the string of numbers printed under a product's bar code could be interpreted by shoppers as indicating the product's country

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — The standards group for bar codes in the United States warned that misinformation about bar codes that could confuse shoppers and harm retailers was being propagated nationwide via a fast-spreading viral email.

The email stated that the first three digits in the string of numbers printed under a product's bar code could be interpreted by shoppers as indicating the product's country of origin. This was intended as a guide for shoppers seeking to avoid goods

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