Understanding the produce labels in your local markets will help you understand how your food was grown.

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The International Federation of Produce Coding standardized the Price Look Up (PLU) codes for every grocery store in the US/Canada.

Most of the fruit and vegetables are labeled with signs anyways, but this is a “for your information” moment.

 

Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have 4-digit numbers and usually begin with a 3 or 4.

Genetically modified (GMO) fruits and vegetables also have 5-digit numbers and begin with an 8 (as above, the 8 is a prefix to the 4-digit PLU).

Organically grown fruits and vegetables have 5-digit numbers and begin with a 9 (the 9 is a prefix to the 4-digit PLU).

Example:

  • 4015 ā€“ PLU for a conventionally grown apple
  • 84015 ā€“ PLU for an apple that is genetically modified
  • 94015 ā€“ PLU for an organically grown apple

Take a moment to read the labels next time you shop, and look for GMO-free or organic (ideal) whenever possible.

Happy shopping!