Reading Labels !!

PLU Codes on Produce

Stickers with PLU codes are placed on produce to ensure that the accurate price is paid by consumers by removing the need for cashiers to identify the product. The PLU Code may also provide information how the produce was grown, although the system is voluntary and not mandated by any governing body.

  • 4 digit code starting with a 3 or 4
    • Conventional
    • Example: 4011: conventional banana
  • 5 digit code starting with 9
    • Organically grown according to standards set by the National Organic Standards Board
    • Example: 94011: Organic banana
  • 5 digit code starting with 8
    • Genetically engineered or modified (GMO)
    • Example: 84011: GMO banana

International Federation for Produce Standards

http://www.exrx.net/Nutrition/Labels.html

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