What numbers on produce stickers mean

March 30, 2005 in Healthy Eating, Nutrition Labeling

What numbers on produce stickers mean

Did you know? Those 4 or 5 digit numbers on produce stickers at the grocery store do more than just identify the food for the cashier -- they also identify genetically modified, organic or conventional growing methods:

  • 5 digits, starting with 8: produce was genetically modified
  • 5 digits, starting with 9: produce was grown organically
  • 4 digits: produce was grown conventionally

This system is used in Canada, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and by all countries exporting to them. For more information visit www.plucodes.com

Thanks to the March 2005 issue of Vegetarian Times for this helpful tidbit!

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