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Arizona Bay
06-14-2012, 06:02 PM
Didn't know about this... Looks useful


PLU stickers that have 4 digits and begin with a 3″ or 4″: produce is conventionally grown. This means that this produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides. PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with 8″: produce was genetically engineered (man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a larger or brighter colored food). This produce may have been chemically treated.
PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with 9″: produce was raised organically. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.

http://rawearthliving.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/what-does-the-number-on-a-fruit-sticker-mean/

Old Dryfoot
06-14-2012, 06:59 PM
Interesting, I wonder if that holds true up here.

I usually spot the organic produce by just looking for the price that's three times higher than what I would expect to pay. :D

Paul Pless
06-14-2012, 07:04 PM
PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with 9″: produce was raised organically. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.

The organic produce sold at my sister's health food store doesn't have any PLU stickers. . .

Arizona Bay
06-14-2012, 07:47 PM
I believe it's international.

I was mainly interested in identifying GMO products, but further research shows that the food producers don't have to put an '8' at the beginning of the PLU. Peckers:rolleyes:


Those that run PLU-universe figured that someday some retailer might want to distinguish between a GMO and a non-GMO for price or inventory purposes. So they created a convention of 5 digits starting with an 8, just in case it catches on. But it hasn't. No one uses that number 8 as far as we can tell. And why would they? Most Americans say they would avoid GMOs if they were labeled.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/plu-codes-do-not-indicate_b_473088.html