What’s the Deal with PLU Codes?

A few days ago my father sent me an infographic that I found interesting:

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Could it really be this easy to identify if the produce I am buying in the grocery store really has been genetically modified?  The good folks at Snopes.com laid it out pretty succinctly:

“a five-digit code beginning with 8 signifies a genetically modified product, a five-digit code beginning with 9 signifies an organically grown product, and a five-digit code beginning with 0 (or a four-digit code) signifies a non-qualified (i.e. conventionally grown) product.”

I guess it really is that easy.  Hmmm…

Furthermore, you can Produce Marketing Association’s web site and search for particular PLU codes.  The amount of information that the codes contain can be quite amazing and tell a lot about the food we buy at the grocery store.

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