When you buy fruits from groceries you do notice that there are some stickers on each fruit. Have you ever bothered to ask yourself the reason for having those stickers? The stickers usually have a PLU code printed on them. Most if not all of us just go to the grocery, choose the juiciest looking fruit, remove the sticker and munch on the fruit.
The code on the sticker is not only used as a bar core for billing purposes, it contains information on how the fruit was grown. This is the main function of the code on the sticker. By researching on the code you will be able to know the conditions under which the fruit was grown.
The information given includes whether the fruit was grown originally, was genetically modified, injected or grown with chemicals that can affect your health.
The codes on the stickers are of three types. One code has only four digits. These digits imply that the fruit was grown traditionally using pesticides. An example is bananas that have a code which is always 4011. The second type of code has five digits with the first digit being 8.
This shows that the fruit was grown genetically and is not good for your health. They may be carcinogenic and you should avoid them as much as possible. The last code is one with five digits with the first digit being 9. This code implies that the fruit was organically produced and the best for human consumption.
The stickers are supplied globally by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS). This helps in the standardization hence giving awareness before purchasing something. So the next time you are in the grocery, try to buy your fruits by following this code instructions.
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