When you enter a supermarket and browse through the fruits and veggies section, you can see some of those have tiny stickers on them with some numbers on it.
Most supermarkets paste a bar-code sticker on every fruit and vegetable to bill the particular item easily. Biller just scans the barcode, and the computer automatically fetches the price for it. Some shops just have a sticker without barcode but with a numeric code.
The Mystery Behind the Sticker on Your Fruits & Vegetables Revealed!
So What’s the Meaning of Those Numbers on Stickers?
The number on the sticker is called “PLU Code”, which means “Price Look-up Code”. If you think these numbers are used for identification purpose only, you are wrong. These numbers tell how the plantation is grown before it reaches you, and how safe they are to your health.
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Why Must Suppliers Include PLU Code Stickers?
It’s in law that fruits supplied to other regions must have PLU stickers and it’s the right of the customer to know about the safety index.
But how to scan its nature with just numbers?
Here is What You Must Know About Those Numbers Before Buying Healthy Fruits and Vegetables.
5 Digit PLU Code Prefixed with “9” – Fully Organic
If you see a 5-digit number that starts with “9” on a sticker, it is considered to be safe.
Yes, these fruits and vegetables are grown in an organic environment using organic manure and proper water. Using only organic manure and methods ensure the fruit or veggie you chose does not contain any harmful chemicals like poisonous pesticides, artificial fertilizers, urea etc.
This means it’s perfectly healthy, and you can find them in the organic section of the supermarket you visit.
4 Digit PLU Code Prefixed with “3” or “4” – Conventionally Grown
If you see a 4 digit number (3004, 4033, 4012, …) on a fruit or veggie, you are holding one that is grown using conventional agricultural methods. Yes; it may contain pesticides and other chemicals. It’s safe to refrain from those fruits and vegetables as possible.
Starting with “8” Means Genetically-Modified
It’s the act of transferring genes from one organism to the other, aiming to achieve better features and flavors than before. Genetically modified fruits and veggies have some benefits like high yield and significant resistance towards pesticides.
But there’s a downside here. Most hybrid crops do have lesser nutrients than traditionally grown crops. Also, these crops are packed with fillers and DNA from other organisms. Though it gives high yield, there are many reports from consumers stating some side effects of having genetically modified fruits and vegetables.
There is a never-ending dispute over its allergic reactions when consumed in large quantities. However, there are no necessary proof or test methods to suggest the same. According to American WHO (World Health Organization), genetically modified food items are actually good for you, and it’s approved for commercial sales.
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How About Buying Fruits and vegetables Without PLU Code?
Fruits and vegetables in local shops do not have PLU code stickers on it. So, you cannot conclude the quality of the fruits and vegetables you are buying. But there’s a saying; if pesticides are used, the fruit or vegetable won’t attract insects even they are out for sale.
Try buying locally grown food. It’s fresh and comes at a lesser price.
To get traditionally grown food items, keep good contact with the local seller and get in touch with the local farmers doing organic farming. This way, you can get a constant fresh supply of nutritious food!
I hope the above tips are filled with necessary information to maintain good health. Don’t ignore that tiny sticker even the fruit looks really fresh and shiny. Don’t be lazy or impulsive to read. After all, it’s the matter of your health and well being.
Don’t forget to share this with your friends. They deserve your care!