Are the stickers poisonous?
The good news is, there’s no need to worry as these stickers are all “food-safe” and don’t pose any health risks. They are made from natural materials and held on by a harmless, biodegradable adhesive.
What do the codes on the sticker mean?
The PLU code (Price Look-Up codes) can help you determine if the product is genetically modified, organic or produced with chemical fertilizers. This information is produced in the form of a number between four and eight digits and is assigned by the International Federation for Produce Stands (IFPS).
- The code has four digits and begins with a 3 or 4 – This means that the fruit or vegetable was produced using artificial fertilizer.
- If the code has five digits and begins with an 8 – This means that the product is genetically modified. But this type of code is not necessary, which means that produce that doesn’t have this type of code could also be genetically modified.
- The code has five digits and begins with a 9 – A five-digit number that starts with a 9 means that the item is organic. This was not produced using any artificial fertilizer or pesticides.
Sometimes the sticker also has a logo or the name of the particular variety. This is the most common case for more expensive, organic produce.
To make sure you’re getting the best quality possible, look for produce with codes beginning with a 9. You might have to pay a bit more expensive for it, but you should think about your health first.