These days, it seems like all the different fruits and veggies we buy have some seemingly meaningless stickers on them. We tend to ignore them, but as it turns out, these can reveal quite a lot of information about the product you didn’t know you should know!
For example, the PLU (price lookup number) code on fruits can reveal information about the way fruit is grown. Here is a full list of all the possible codes and what they mean:
1. 5-digit code beginning with the number 9
If you get this code on your produce, it means it’s grown according to USDA organic standards, meaning it’s essentially organically grown and it’s completely fine to eat.
2. 4-digit code beginning with the number 3 or 4
If this code appears, then it, unfortunately, means that the product has been loaded with pesticides and that the specific produce was also conventionally grown.
3. 5-digit code beginning with the number 3
This usually means that the fruit/veggie was electronically pasteurized. How do you electronically pasteurize something? That’s what I want to know.
4. 5-digit code beginning with the number 8
This usually means that the produce has been genetically modified. The unfortunate thing is, no one can grow organic fruits and vegetables if they use genetically modified seeds.
5. The code begins with the number 6
This means that the produce has been pre-cut.
6. No code
If there is no sticker with a code of any kind on what you’re about to buy, it can be suspicious. As long as you know who and where you’re buying your produce from, you shouldn’t worry.
So, the next time you’re about to buy some fresh produce, use some of this information and read the stickers. That way you’ll find out if the fresh produce really is fresh or not.
Have you spotted these stickers on produce before? Let us know in the comments!