We often find little stickers on fruits and vegetables that are brought from the fruit mart or the local vegetable vendors. However, most of us don’t pay much attention to those stickers. Many a times, we pick out an apple or orange from the refrigerator and notice a sticker on the peal. We just remove it and eat the fruit, though sometimes we clean the fruits before eating.
The sticker has a Price Look-Up (PLU) code printed on it. This code does not only consist of a bar code for the ease of billing but also contains important information such as whether your fruit was grown organically or produced with genetically modified seeds or with the help of conventional farming methods.
There are three kinds of stickers, leading to three different categories of fruits or vegetables.
If there are only four digits in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown using traditional farming methods with the use of pesticides.
If your fruit has a sticker with a five-digit number starting with 8, it is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Study says, produce grown with genetic modification poses negative effects on the health and could also be carcinogenic.
If the code on your fruit starts with the digit 9, it means it is grown organically and is best for consumption.
So next time, pay a closer attention to the numbers on stickers attached to fruits or vegetables.