During my juice fast peeling countless labels of fruits and veggies off reminded me to do a label post. Many people don’t fully realize the kind of information these stickers proclaim, besides helping the cashier ring you up and stating what country your product came from. I did a ton of reading awhile back researching foods for my knowledge as well as an extensive project. I will post helpful information below:
- Each fruit/veggie has a PLU code, PLU stands for Price Lookup Code. This number also tells you how the food was grown which is becoming increasing more important to many people. You can tell if your food is genetically modified*(see GMO post in “Other” menu), organically grown or produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides simply by reading the label.
- If there are 4 numbers in the PLU code, this means the food was grown conventionally or traditionally WITH the use of pesticides. The last four letters of the PLU code simply tell you what kind of fruit or vegetable it is. For example, bananas are labels with code: 4011.
- If there are 5 numbers in the PLU code and the first number is an “8”, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. It’s difficult to be exact and know for sure, because it is possible to eat ‘organic foods’ grown with genetically modified seeds. For example, a genetically modified bananas label would read: 84011
- If there are 5 numbers in the PLU code and the first number is a “9”, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. For example: an organic banana would read: 94011