We all have probably taken a bite out of an apple and wound up with that little sticker in our mouth.  First, you have not been poisoned by the wicked Queen with a poisoned sticker. The sticker and the glue are non-toxic. The glue is actually “edible,” and while the sticker itself is not “edible,” it will just pass through your digestive system unaltered.  A quick way to remove the label and not mar the fruit is to use a piece of scotch tape-just put it over the sticker and pull. Sticker gone!  Hopefully, you checked out the label at the store and made your purchase with a well-informed understanding of what the stickers mean.

Here’s what everyone should know about fruit and vegetable stickers:

First, the technical term for that sometimes pesky sticker is PLU-price look up. The bar code is scanned to tell the clerk at the grocery store what the item is and how much it costs.  Most likely, but not required, is the country of origin-the grocer might opt to have a sign identifying the country of origin.  As a consumer, the 4 or 5 digit number on the sticker could be the most important in your purchasing decision.

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4 digits that begin with the number 3 or 4

5 digits that begin with the number 8

Your fruit/vegetable was genetically modified, most often referred to as GMO-genentically modified organism. That means your apple is the result of genetic engineering for the purpose of altering the genetic material in the fruit or vegetable-giving it traits that do not naturally occur in nature. This gives the fruit/vegetable enhanced resisitance to pests and herbicides-sometimes, added nutritional value. There is currently no FDA requirement that requires identifying GMO produced fruits/vegetables.

Your fruit/vegetable was genetically modified, most often referred to as GMO “genetically modified organism.” That means your apple is the result of genetic engineering for the purpose of altering the genetic material in the fruit or vegetable-giving it traits that do not naturally occur in nature. This gives the fruit/vegetable enhanced resistance to pests and herbicides-sometimes, added nutritional value. There is currently no FDA requirement that requires identifying GMO produced fruits/vegetables.


5 digits that begin with the number 9

Your fruit/vegetable has been organically raised. Organic identifies the fruit/vegetable as the product of farming methods that do not use chemicals or synthetic additives.

Your fruit/vegetable has been organically raised. Organic identifies the fruit/vegetable as the product of farming methods that do not use chemicals or synthetic additives.

 

Are you a stickler for stickers?  We could spend a week talking about the pros and cons of GMO – are you a stickler for non-GMO products?  A new Aldi’s is going in next to me. I LOVE their organic produce, so I’m a real fan of the number 9 on my fruits and vegetables.

Share with us what you look for on stickers, or maybe what you will look for in the future now that you know what everyone should know about stickers in the produce department.