Do you know what your PLU produce labels mean?

PLUOkay, another “confession”… until recently, I had no idea either!  I’m talking about the little stickers on the produce we purchase.  They’re actually called PLUs, (“Product {or Price} Look-Up” labels), and would you believe the numbers actually mean something?… they aren’t just random numbers.

(*Insert a look of surprise from me too!*)

The important number is actually the first digit and they can tell you a whole lot about the produce you purchase.  It tells you exactly how it was grown.

Here are the digits you need to remember:

  • 3 or 4 – indicates conventionally grown produce (grown with pesticides, herbicides & fertilizers)
  • 9 – indicates that the produce is ORGANIC

The next time you pick up a piece of produce: (1) look at the first digit of the PLU label, (2) remember these numbers, (3) know what you’re buying and then (4) rest assured that they’ll tell you everything you want to know about the food you’re buying for (and serving to) your family.

(*Yes, continue that look of surprise from me too!…*)

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8 thoughts on “Do you know what your PLU produce labels mean?

  1. Been teaching friends about these PLUs these last couple years. Sooo important! Thanks for sharing and validating!! Wake up everyone 🙂 We’ll be here for you.

  2. Amy H – you keep “teaching” too! I know I’ll be looking for the “9s” but with all of the GMO foods starting to hit the shelves, I will CERTAINLY be looking to avoid those “8s”!!!!

  3. The whole PLU can inform about what and where also. Consumer hand helds are on the market. Perhaps a smartphone app already exhists?

  4. – Important to note that the ‘8’ GMO label is optional! GMO foods do not have to have it so GMO food is most likely labeled the same as conventional produce. Chosing 9 is the only way to know for ‘sure’.

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