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 manufactured ...

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