Sponsored: Supermarket Myths & Misunderstandings
Myth: The numerical code on the sticker on fruits and vegetable is put there for consumer information.
Fact: The sticker you see on produce often has a PLU code. This stands for Price Look Up and it is a 4 or 5 digit code that enables the retailer to link a produce item with a price to make it easier for the cashier at check out. PLU codes are a voluntary system that growers can use, this means that you may not see a PLU code on all items. The only acceptable prefix to the 4 digit code is a "9" which identifies organically grown items since organic items are often more expensive. There is no prefix to identify genetically engineered items (GMO).
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian