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Here’s How To Read The Secret Codes On Fruit Stickers

by : UNILAD on : 29 Oct 2016 16:07
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I’ve always just used them to mark my territory and stick them on all my friends, but it turns out the little stickers on fruit actually have a purpose.

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You may have noticed that they always have a number on them, and that code can tell you if your piece of fruit was grown naturally or genetically modified.

It’s called a price lookup (PLU) code and tells you how the fruit was grown, and the user of chemical fertilisers, fungicides, or herbicides.

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The figures are the same in every country, so the international code for conventionally grown bananas is 4011.

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The codes are administered by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) which has a standardised process for all retailers.

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Genetically modified bananas have the code #84011, and organically grown bananas have the PLU code #94011.

Now you know exactly if you’re putting chemicals in your mouth, or not.

Topics: Life

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  1. The Sun

    Ever wondered why the stickers on fruit are covered in numbers? They’re actually very important