If You See This Label on a Fruit, DO NOT Buy It at Any Cost. Here’s Why!

There are labels on the fruits and vegetables which we notice them, but most of us do not know what their meaning is. However, these labels are very important as they are telling us what exactly we are consuming and as well as offering us plenty of information concerning the product we are buying.

The PLU code, or otherwise known as price lookup number, printed on the sticker, shows information about the way the fruit was grown. In plain words, this number tells us if the product that we are intending to buy is genetically modified, organically grown, or packed with pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or fungicides.

Find Out What These PLU Codes Mean:

  • 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 9 means that the produce was grown according to the USDA organic standards. In short, the produce was organically grown.
  • 4-digit PLU code starting with the number 3 or 4 reveals that the product is packed with pesticides. It also suggests that the fruit or vegetable were conventionally grown.
  • 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 3 means that the produce were irradiated or electronically pasteurized.
  • 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 8 reveals that the fruit or the veggie was genetically modified. The fruit or the vegetable cannot be organic if the seeds are genetically modified.
  • The PLU code starting with the number 6 tells that the product was pre-cut.
  • The product may not have a sticker with a PLU code and this may cause suspicion, but if you know the manufacturer, you should not worry about these codes on the stickers and labels. Bear in mind the fact that all imported veggies and fruits are labeled.

Therefore, if the product does not have any label then this would suggest that it is not imported or the label has been removed for some reason.

The International Federation for Produce Standards released these codes, which is a global organization that assigns codes to fruit being sold all around the world.  The retail industry also requires using them on produce to assist with point-of-sale identification.

So, when you are at your local store and intend to buy fruit or vegetable check the sticker and see what code it has on it in order to find out how they were grown.


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