A few days ago my mother casually advised me to pay more attention to stickers when buying fruit and veggies as they hold some critical info. So, I became curious and wondered what these numbers really meant. It turns out that sticker labels (produce codes) on fruits actually tell you how the fruit have been grown. Definitely something to pay attention to next time you pick your fruit and veggies.
Three types of labels that you’ll come across :
Organic Fruit Labels
Organically grown produce have five digits and start with a number 9
These numbers tell you that the fruit or produce is grown and raised organically without being treated with any chemicals.
Conventional Fruit Labels
Conventionally grown produce have four digits and start with a 3 or a 4
Yes, that means produce was sprayed with pesticides and chemicals that you may have been trying to avoid.
Genetically Modified Fruits
Genetically modified produce start with the number 8
Not only has this kind of produce been genetically modified, it might have further been treated with harmful chemicals too!
Now that you know what each label means, you can start becoming pickier with your produce. AS IF you didn’t already have enough decisions to be picky about. HaHa. Happy shopping! 🙂