Did You Know What The Stickers You Find On Your Produce Mean?

The PLU (Price look-up) code is usually a four-digit number, currently in the 3000 – 4999 range, identifying the type of bulk produce, including the variety.

These stickers you will find on produce such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, and nuts, actually tell you quite a bit about the produce:


* If there are only 4 numbers that means they were conventionally grown.

* If there are 5 numbers starting with number 8 that means they are genetically modified (GMO).  The industry soon realized that we weren’t buying the produce with the number 8 and quickly decided to remove the number 8 as a part of their code, making it hard to distinguish genetically modified produce.  Adherence to the IFPS’s PLU standards is voluntary, including the decision to label produce as genetically modified.

* If there are 5 numbers starting with 9 that means they were organically grown (no pesticides or GMOs).

If you have some time and I mean lots of time, you can read the Global and Regional PLU List that will tell you all about what the first 4 numbers mean.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I didn’t know that! Thanks!
    Sara from http://www.losingtogether.com

  2. That’s really interesting I’ve never thought about it before or registered that the numbers might mean something! thanks for sharing I’m going to check all my fruit n veg now lol

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