What do PLU codes say about your Fruits And Veggies?

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The majority of us dont understand the decals attached to vegetables and the fruits are there for more than simply scanning the cost.

The PLU code, or the cost lookup number on the decal can assist you to ascertain if the item is genetically modified, all-natural or made with chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.


1. A four-digit code beginning with a 3 or a 4 means the produce is likely conventionally grown. The final four letters of the code represent the type of vegetable or the fruit you’re purchasing. For instance, bananas are consistently tagged with the code of 4011.

2. If there are five numbers, and the first is 8, then the product is genetically modified. The label on genetically modified banana (GE-genetically engineered of GMO) would include the amounts 84011.

3. A five-digit number that begins with a 9 means the thing is all-natural. Organic bananas are tagged with 94011.

EWG ( The Environmental Working Group) examined pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with positions for these popular fresh produce things.

The Environmental Protection Agency warns that the ingestion of pesticides may cause health issues including nerve damage, birth defects, cancer, and other effects which may happen over an extended time. Kids are particularly in danger of injury from pesticides.

Fruits and Vegetables to Always Purchase Organic

The Dirty Dozen Plus

These foods have extremely high pesticide loads and ought to constantly be bought organic.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash

Clean 15

These foods would not have to be bought and are comparatively safe all-natural if you’re on a budget.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet Corn (not to be mistaken with possibly GMO canned corn)
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet Peas
  15. Sweet Potatoes

The EWG also notes that 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines all tested positive for a minumum of one pesticide residue, while the typical (white) potato had more pesticides by weight than every other produce!

The EWG rates 48 produce items from most pesticide to least pesticide HERE.


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