You may have wondered about them or simply stuck them somewhere but you would have never really thought about the usefulness or the relevance of the fruit labels. Well, next time you see them, make sure they don’t get unnoticed. There is hidden information on these stickers which could be of great use for all of us. The fruit labels with barcodes and numbers are known as PLU (price look-up) codes. These tell us if the fruit was grown conventionally, organically or was genetically modified.
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Whenever you see a 4-digit code on the fruit labels, it tells us that the fruit was conventionally grown. This means that the fruit was traditionally grown with the use of pesticides. Don’t panic, the amount and level of pesticides used are very low and they aren’t harmful. Also, properly wash your fruit before consuming it. Doing this would remove residue and germs. If you see a 5-digit code beginning with 9, the chances are the fruit is produced organically. This also means that it is grown in accordance with USDA organic standards. Organically produced fruits are expensive than the conventionally produced ones. If the PLU code has 5 digits starting with 8 then the fruit is genetically modified (it has genes from other organisms). These are also known as GMOs or genetically modified organisms. Many countries have banned GMOs.Having known about the fruit labels next time make sure to buy the fruits only after checking the label.
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