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Have you ever noticed those little stickers on fresh produce? What do they mean? They are placed there to identify bulk produce and will help insure that you pay the proper price for your items since organic produce usually costs more than conventionally grown.

The PLU codes are usually 4- or 5- digits, with the organically grown itens having a 9 placed before the 3000 or 4000 number series.

Then we have the controversial #8, it has been said that is the number used to identify the GMO produce. When I first heard this, I asked a produce manager in a chain grocery store and he denied that being so.

However, I went to the PLU-codes website and read what what said about the #8 code and this is what it said:
"As the adoption of price look-up (PLU) codes gain further traction in the produce industry, the IFPS has committed to transitioning the previously unused prefix '8' to accommodate an increase in varieties of fresh produce items as they enter the market." ( www.ifpsglobal.com/Identific
ation/PLU-
Codes
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"TO ACCOMMODATE AN INCREASE IN VARIETIES OF FRESH PRODUCE AS THEY ENTER THE MARKET."

I read that and it translates "to identify the GMO produce as they enter the market". But then that is just my interpretation and I am not very trusting that the food industry is being honest with us.

So, the wording on the PLU-codes website causes me to think that the 8-code will help me identify which items are GMO.


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