Most consumers are not aware that it contains essential and vital information indicating whether or not the fruit is organic or has been produced using genetic modification.
Are the stickers poisonous?
The first question you might ask yourself is whether or not the stickers themselves are dangerous to our health. After all, they could contain harmful chemicals that are absorbed into the fruit.
The good news is: there's no need to worry. These stickers are all "food-safe" and don't pose any health risks — they're made from natural materials and held on by a harmless, biodegradable adhesive.
What do the codes on the stickers mean?
PLU codes (Price Look-Up codes) reveal the origin and type of product and can be used to identify various fruits and vegetables. This information is provided in the form of a number with between four and eight digits and is assigned by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS).
These numbers help to distinguish various types of fruits and vegetables from one another according to their price, which varies according to quality and other factors. But the PLU can also tell us much more, like how the fruit or vegetable was grown, for example.
- The code has four digits and begins with a 3 or 4
- The code has five digits and begins with an 8
- The code has five digits and begins with a 9
Sometimes the sticker also has a logo or the name of the particular variety. This is usually the case for more expensive, organic produce.
It is a good idea to read the important information above for it tells quality of the fruits and vegetables you are eating. Look for the produce with the number 9 to get the organic and best quality there is. It is a bit more expensive than the rest but is totally worth it when concerning health.