Be Careful What You Are Buying: Did You Know What Does The Stickers On The Fruits Mean?

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When you buy products from the grocery stores you can see on the fruits and vegetables the numerical codes printed on the sticky little labels. They reveal a lot of information to you and once you understand the codes, you can know whether the product you’re about to buy or eat was treated with pesticides, genetically modified or neither.

These codes are typical with 4 digits and they usually begin with a 3 or 4, which indicates that fruit was grown conventionally and includes the presence of pesticides. That shouldn’t be a reason for a panic, as those levels of the pesticide are so low that they aren’t harmful.

Knowing the methods of properly washing the product also helps to remove any residue, as well as bacteria and germs.

You can find out relevant details like the type of commodity, size, variety, restrictions, botanical name, etc. They can also tell you what country grew the produce, and according to U.S. law, all produce must use Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), either on the label or on a sign next to the produce bin or display.

How to Tell What Produce Is Genetically Modified?

When on the label’s code are five digits and it begins with an 8, then the fruit or vegetable has been genetically modified. Many countries currently ban or have strict restrictions on GMO produce. Read here:


If the code is, for example, 4011, without the 5th digit it would be a standard yellow banana, but an 84011 would be a genetically modified.

How to Tell What Produce Is Organic

When you have the five-digit code, which begins with a 9 it means that the fruit is grown in accordance with organic standards. You should be aware that that product is more expensive.

If you find words like “natural” or “from nature” on foods it doesn’t mean that they meet government standards of organic foods.

Be Cautious

While this information is relevant for codes issued by the International Federation for Produce Standards, it is important to note that this system is not mandated by any governing body.

This article can be your guideline, but your best resource will always be the grocery store itself because they should keep a catalog of codes and their indications.

Additional tips:

Now, when you know more about the stickers on your fruit and vegetable and you are familiar with the methods how to clean them go buy more produce you will be happy with their quality.

These are very useful information should be used whenever you chose fruits and vegetables for home. The most important for you is to be sure that the number 9 is the number your chosen fruit and vegetable contains.

It will be also important for global health if other people know about this information!




–           Health Advisor Group –

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