Know your Labels!

The code on a fruit sticker, often referred to as a PLU (Price Look-Up) code, can provide information about the fruit. PLU codes are typically used by retailers to identify and track different produce items. Here’s a breakdown of what the codes typically indicate:

  1. Four-digit code starting with “3” or “4”: This indicates conventionally grown produce. These fruits are typically grown using standard agricultural practices, including the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
  2. Five-digit code starting with “9”: This indicates organically grown produce. Organic fruits are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and adhere to specific organic farming regulations.
  3. Five-digit code starting with “8”: This code is sometimes used, though it is not as common. It indicates genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, the use of this code is voluntary, and you may not often encounter it on produce items.

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