Sticker on Fruits - Organic, GMO, Conventional

Received the email from friend on how to identify the fruits that you are buying falls under which 'Category' - Conventional, Organic or GMO (Genetically Modified).

The sticker labels on the fruits actually tell you how the fruits have been grown whether they
were organically grown or conventionally grown with pesticides and herbicides or the most controversial way the genetically engineered fruits.

Conventional Fruit Labels
Four digits and 'does not' start with 9
** mostly starting with the digit 4

Organic Fruit Labels
Five digits and starts with number 9

Genetically Modified Fruits
Starts with the digit 8
So next time you go shopping, remember these critical numbers and know
how to avoid purchasing inorganic and GMO fruits.
Shop Safe :)

Know your stuff now because there is no obligation that the shop must inform you that the fruits are genetically modified.

Okay, so if you come across an apple in the store and it's label is 4922, it's an conventional apple grown with herbicides and harmful fertilizers.
If it has a sticker 99222, it's organic and safe to eat.
If it says 89222, then RUN!!!! It has been genetically modified (GMO).

For conventionally grown fruit, (grown with chemicals inputs), the PLU code on the sticker consists of four numbers. Organically grown fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 9. Genetically engineered (GM) fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 8. For example,

A conventionally grown banana would be:

An organic banana would be:

A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be:


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