What do the Stickers on
Fruit and Vegetables Mean?
Most food products these days contain genetically modified ingredients. In fact it is estimated 9 out of 10 products in your local grocery store has genetically modified ingredients. Packaged foods contain labels which identify the ingredients, so it is easy to identify “bad” ingredients. What about fruits and vegetables?
You will notice all fruit and vegetables have a little sticker on them containing a number. This number is called a PLU code or Price Lookup Code. This little sticker will help you identify how the produce was grown. The code will be either 4 numbers or 5 numbers. Codes with 4 numbers indicate the product was grown conventionally and may have come in contact with pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Now here is the nitty gritty on the 5 number codes. If the 5 number code starts with a 9, you have a good organic product that is free from pesticides and the lot.
Bad News bears, 5 number PLU codes that
start with an 8 are trouble.The 8 identifies the produce is
Food awareness is a big thing and more and more people are against GMO’s (genetically modified foods). The most famous GMO company is Monsanto which has had protests against their crops and practices across the globe.
The wrap up.
4 Number code identifies conventional crop grown using pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
5 Number code beginning with 8 bad news means produce is genetically modified.
5 Number code beginning with a 9 is fine. Means it is 100% organic.