This information was brought to my attention recently. When choosing your favorite fruits and vegetables it is helpful to know which ones have been organically grown and which ones have heavy pesticide on them or maybe they have been genetically modified. Healthy eating and vitality comes from getting the most nutrients and vitamins from our energy source (food). Eating foods with chemicals and/or that have been made in a lab will have adverse reactions by your body. Please choose wisely and share this important knowledge with others!
“What does the number on a fruit sticker mean?
Editor’s Note: We’ve compiled info from 3 different sources to help uncover what many already know about what those little stickers on produce actually tell you- in our attempt to further help you as a consumer KNOW what you are eating and if it has been genetically modified…
7 out of 10 items in grocery store shelves contain ingredients that have been genetically modified. Fruit and vegetables do not come with nutrition labels but they do have stickers (PLU – Price Look Up Code) which contain pertinent information.
Next time you decide to purchase that apple or cut a slice out of that melon, consider the PLU sticker. This sticker will tell you whether the fruit was organically grown, genetically modified, or produced with chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.
PLU stickers that have 4 digits and begin with a “3″ or “4″: produce is conventionally grown. This means that this produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides.
PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with “8″: produce was genetically engineered (man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a larger or brighter colored food). This produce may have been chemically treated.
PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with “9″: produce was raised organically. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.
Note: the adhesive used to stick the PLU onto the fruit is edible but the sticker itself is not.
Having some origin coding would be great for seeing how far a particular fruit/vegetable traveled but that is something still hidden in our giant supermarkets.
Price Look-Up codes, commonly called PLU codes, PLU numbers or PLUs, are identification numbers affixed to produce and other products in grocery stores and supermarkets to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate.
The code is a four or five-digit number, identifying the type of bulk produce, usually including the variety.
The codes have been in use since 1990. Currently, there are over 1300 universal PLU codes assigned.
Use of PLU codes eliminates the need for grocery store checkers to identify each variety of produce visually. This advantage is especially important with the growth of the organic produce market; organic and conventional oranges, for example, may look the same but have very different prices.
Price look-up codes are generally printed on small stickers or tags.
They can tell if your fruit is conventional, organic or Genetically Modified.
Those PLU code stickers that you have to peel off your fruit and vegetables do more than just convey prices to the cashier. If you know how to read them, says Marion Owen at PlanTea.com, they can tell you a thing or two.
Conventional produce gets a four-digit number.
Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9.
Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code starts with 8.
4139: Conventional Granny Smith apple
94139: Organic Granny Smith
84139: Genetically Modified Granny Smith
All PLU codes http://plucodes.com/search_…
Here is the PLU of a Gala Apple I am eating.
APPLES (4173)Variety: Royal Gala
North American Size: 100 size and smaller
Rest of World Size: AFW = less than 205g
“4401″: A four-digit code indicates conventionally grown items, here white-fleshed peaches.”
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