Have you ever really thought about what those numbers on produce stickers mean? Well… it's more than just a barcode to scan at the register. In fact, those numbers play a very crucial role in the quality of your produce. The PLU code or “price lookup number” printed on the sticker informs you of how the fruit/vegetable was grown. By reading the PLU code, you can tell if the fruit/vegetable was grown organically, genetically modified, or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides, or herbicides.
Read below for a basic rundown of everything you need to know!
If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides.
The last four letters of the PLU code represents the type of vegetable or fruit. (ex; all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011).
If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8”, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be labeled: 84011
If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “9”, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. An organic banana would be: 94011
Learn more about chemicals in your food and products at ewg.org
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