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Food barcode 8 begins to indicate that the transgene is misread

- May 16, 2018 -

Food barcode "8" begins to indicate that the transgene is misread

Introduction: A microblogging of genetically modified foods whose food bar code starts with "8" has attracted the attention of many people, claiming that barcodes starting with "8" are genetically modified foods. However, there is no necessary connection between the beginning of the barcode and the genetically modified food, and the coding standard implemented in the country is different from other countries.

The controversy over the safety of genetically modified foods has not yet been discontinued. The recent microblogging of genetically modified foods starting with “8” food barcodes has attracted much attention, claiming that barcodes starting with “8” are genetically modified foods. The Weibo also believes that the large-scale outbreak of tumors is also related to genetically modified foods. In response, the reporter asked the relevant experts to verify that there was no necessary connection between the barcode starting with “8” and the genetically modified food, and the coding standards implemented in China were different from other countries.

The post titled "8 starts with 5 digits are genetically modified foods" has caused a lot of attention, saying that all imported fruit labels start with "8" are GM foods. The reporter contacted the China Article Numbering Center and did not receive a response. Another expert, who asked not to be named, told reporters that at present, our country implements the internationally accepted 13-digit GLN (Global Location Number) code. The 7-digit is the manufacturer identification code, which indicates the country, region and company the product came from, and the 8th to 12th digits are the location reference code, which is the production address of the product, and the last one is the identification code, which is for retailers. Used for sale. There is no one code that is related to genetically modified foods. The reporter consulted the “Administrative Measures for Commodity Barcodes” issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and found no regulations relating to the coding of products and the transgenes.

The reporter visited some supermarkets and discovered that some imported foods are indeed encoded differently from domestic ones. Experts explained that this is because the coding systems used by different countries are different. Some countries import agricultural products such as PLU (Price Look Up). (Code) coding system, which will mark the organic and traditional cultivation of products and whether they are genetically modified foods, but China has not introduced this coding system.