We all have noticed some stickers or labels on certain fruits and veggies. But, have you ever wondered what do they actually mean? Well, these stickers give a lot of information about the product.
In addition, the PLU code, which is printed on the sticker, gives additional information about the way the fruit was grown. With few words, this code reveals if the product you’re about to buy was genetically modified or organically grown, or loaded with fungicides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides.
Here Is How to Identify What These PLU Codes Mean:
– If the sticker on the product has a 5-digit PLU code, starting with the number 9, it means that the product was grown according to the USDA organic standards. So you can buy it because it means that the product is organically grown.
– A 4-digit code, starting with the number 3 or 4 means that the product was loaded with pesticides. Additionally, it means that the vegetables or fruit were conventionally grown.
– If the sticker has a code with 5 digits starting with the number 3, it means that the vegetable or fruit was electronically or irradiated pasteurized.
– If the sticker has a PLU code with 5 digits that beginning with the number 8, it indicates that the product was genetically modified.
– In case the PLU code starting with the number 6, it means that the product was pre-cut.
– If you cannot see any sticker on the product you are about to buy, then it may be suspicious. But, if you know the manufacturer, you shouldn’t worry about the codes on the labels or stickers. Keep in mind that all imported fruits and veggies are labeled.
So, in case the product does not have any labels or stickers, it means that it is not imported. But be careful, because sometimes the sticker may be removed for some reason.
The International Federation for Produce Standards gives these codes. It is a global organization that gives codes to fruit being sold around the world. Moreover, the trade industry requires using them on products to support point-of-sale identification.
So, next time you’re about to buy some veggies or fruits, check the code printed on their stickers to learn how they were grown.