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Has anyone heard of this ?

"Y'know those sticky little labels on fruit? They contain coded info about how they were
grown.

Coventionally grown fruit has a 4 digit PLU. 4011, for instance (though not necessarily
those numbers).

Genetically modified fruit has a 5 number PLU that starts with an 8. 84011, for example.

Organically grown fruit also has a 5 number PLU, but it starts with a 9. As in
94011 perhaps.

If anybody has any clues as to finding out the nature of vegetables, let us know, please."

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thespian
Aug. 20th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Yes. Though you can't look up the Genetically Modifieds and Organics, because they're not technically part of the standard; the standard is *only* 4 digits.

If, btw, you ever have a grocery code that you're curious about for some reason, you can look it up at http://www.plucodes.com/ (works only for produce. Search PLU codes and say it is for personal interest. The range is assigned to the Produce Electronic Identification Board, who then applies the 8 and 9 as a 'non-standard' standard (which is to say, it's NOT defined, in the legal term, but it is used as such).

4011 is, btw, bananas. Now, the *reason* why whenever you search for info on this (which I did about a year ago), the example is always 4011 is because until 2005 or so, 4011 was actually the first number assigned to the Produce Board by the Food Marketing Institute (outdated chart: http://www.fmi.org/facts_figs/upc.htm). Very recently, they were assigned all of the 3000s.

My name is Stephanie, and I'll be your obscure information provided for this evening.
rkmlai
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I also found stuff from the link you sent me here:
http://www.plucodes.com/docs/IFPS-plu_codes_users_guide.pdf

Then also found (ironic for me) stuff here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_Look-Up_codes

Peace,
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