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Can you identify genetically modified produce?

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Mamma was shopping at her favorite grocery store the other day and was asked by a young mother about how to identify genetically modified produce.  It can be confusing at times to know exactly what you are buying.  

Produce is labeled in grocery stores  with 4 digit (PLU's) or Price Lookup Codes.  Supposedly conventionally grown produce is 4 digit, genetically modified produce is pre-fixed with an 8, and organically grown produce pre-fixed with a 9.  So if a banana  has a PLU label of 3444 for conventionally grown, that same genetically modified banana would be labeled 83444 and for an organically grown banana the PLU would be 93444. 

While this is a widely held belief for PLU labeling, not all grocers have adhered to this labeling method.  Some do and some do not.  So what is a consumer to do?  A better indicator to shop by is a certified organic label .  If something is certified organic it would exclude genetically engineered foods.  

Check out the article below from Organic Authority.  Mamma wants you to feel good!

Categories: GMO, PLU, produce look up, produce, organic, genetically engineered, organic authority, conventional

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Reply Joseph Hurst DDS
6:53 AM on October 21, 2022