I know every one of us, at one time or another has noticed those little stickers on pieces of fruit. Aside from the bright logos they have on them, there’s also a digital PLU code (price look-up code). Through this, fruit producers are helping us know the important consumer information, and not just merely advertising.
We, at Meow Gag, will try to tell you about what these numbers really mean and the secrets they contain.
A four-digit code beginning with the number 3 or 4
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When stickers have only four numbers on it, it means that the fruit (or vegetable) was produced under some modern agronomic techniques, which include abundant amounts of fertilizer and pesticides.
A five-digit code beginning with the number 8
The fruit has undergone genetic modification as part of the growing process when it has a sticker like this. Yes, that’s right. This is the GMO food that continues to cause so much controversy. According to research, melons, bananas, and papayas are the types of fruit that are genetically modified the most often.
A five-digit code beginning with the number 9
This code means the fruit was grown using the old farming methods of our ancestors: with their own hands and without any chemicals. These are organic products.
Fruits with no PLU code
Some of us try to find fruit without stickers. But this could actually be dangerous, because fruit that’s imported from abroad should always be labeled in this way. If a label or sticker is missing, the chances are it’s been removed for a specific reason — and one that isn’t likely to be to your advantage as a consumer.