Produce LabelsJanuary 29, 2010
In a recent edition of Mary Jane Farms there was a page on produce labels. I learned something new!
Those little stickers on the produce – those little oval jobs on your apples – they have numbers on them called price look-up codes or PLU – and they tell more than just a code for the cashier – it contains important information for us consumers too.
On that little sticker is a four or five digit number.
…A four-digit number means the produce has been conventionally grown using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. A five-digit number beginning with 8 means the produce was genetically modified. And a five-digit number beginning with 9 means you’re getting organically grown goodies. (Note: This number isn’t found in barcodes. It will typically be printed on a sticker affixed to an item.)
So – keep an eye out for 5-digit numbers beginning with a 9. And remember, it is most important to aim for organic when the produce has an edible skin.