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They must however, include the country of origin on the bar code. I did not know this but the first three numbers in the bar code indicates the country of origin. For example 50 is the UK and 93 is Australia. The ones to watch out for are 690-695 China, 471 Taiwan, 489 Hong Kong and 885 Thailand.
I immediately went through our larder and found 50 on almost everything until I came to olive oil which began 80. It is hardly a surprise that Italy uses the number 80. I think that we should all be more aware of the source of our food so if you are interested in a full list of bar code country numbers you can find then here.