Do you know what those numbers on the stickers on your produce mean? Well for one thing, these grocery produce codes help us know how the produce was grown. The “code” is the Price Look Up Code (PLU) and contains a series of numbers and can be found on produce sold in bulk.
Call to Action:
Read supermarket produce codes before making a decision to buy keeping this in mind:
- Conventional produce has a 4 digit PLU number that begins with the number ‘3’ or ‘4’ and most likely it has been sprayed with pesticides. Example: Fuji Apples grown conventional have a #4131.
- Genetically modified (GMO) produce has a 5 digit PLU number that begins with the number ‘8’ and these you should avoid. In fact, the majority of the GMO industry has now stopped using the ‘8’ because they realized that was too obvious for the intelligent shopper.
- Organic produce has a 5 digit PLU number that begins with the number ‘9’ and signifies it is free or pesticides and not genetically modified. Example: Fuji Apples grown organically have a #94129.
Check the label carefully because at first glance it may be hard to read these digits.
To your wellness,
p.s. Here’s an easy way to remember: “8 is hate and 9 is fine.”