Understanding PLU Code’s on Produce
“Price Look Up” Codes are labelled on fresh produce in Grocery Stores. PLU’s help grocery stores to identify the produce, if it is organic or grown conventially, keep inventory in check and have more of an accurate description of the item along with the codes.
I am not saying to memorize all PLU’s for the produce you buy but to understand what you are buying and feeding your body.
Understanding your produces codes can help you identify instantly if you are buying congenitally grown produce or organic. This way you know, how not to be tricked. Every produce has a PLU and needs to be labelled by law.
Heres the break down of PLU Code stickers…
- PLU Codes that begin with “3-, 4- and 5-“ are produce grown conventionally or traditionally. Pesticides have been used to grow the crop and/or may have been raised in a green house still with the use of pesticides.
For example, a congenitally grown banana would have a PLU of “4011”
- PLU Codes that have a “9” at the start of the code (prefix) is always identified as an organic produce. Produce has been organically raised without the harsh pesticides in growing the crop and harvesting. This means it is not genetically modified.
For example, a organic banana would have a PLU of “94011”
- PLU Codes for GMO Produce (genetically modified organisms) begin with the number “8-“ . Even organic foods can be modified as they used modified seeds but are grown organically but will be usually labelled with and “8”.
For example, a genically modified banana would be labelled “84011”
You may see 4- to 5- digit PLU codes. 4 digit codes are for conventionally grown produce and 5 digit are organic produce or GMO produce.
The rest of the numbers after the beginning number of the code (3-, 4-, or 9-) is to tell what type of fruit or vegetable it is.
Try to eat organic whenever possible for full benefits both nutrition and taste wise!
Tip: I dare you to try organic bananas. They are so much sweeter than conventional grown ones!
Happy Produce Shopping!