What Do The Stickers on Fruits & Vegetables Mean?

To be honest, I’ve never really paid attention to the stickers on fruit or vegetables. I’ve always assumed they were there just for scanning upon check-out. Turns out those annoying little stickers mean more than we think!


The number on the sticker not only identifies the fruit or vegetable to the cashier, but it also tells you how the product was grown! You can tell if the product was organically grown, genetically modified or grown with fertilizers and pesticides.

Check this out:

  • If there are FOUR numbers, the produce was grown conventionally with the use of pesticides (e.g. A banana is code 4011)
  • If there are FIVE numbers and the number starts with an “8“, the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable (e.g. A GMO banana would be labeled 84011)
  • If there are FIVE numbers and the number starts with a “9“, the item was grown organically and is not genetically modified (e.g. An organic banana would be 94011)

How cool is that!

What do your fruit and vegetable stickers say?

2 thoughts

    1. Afterthought: couldn’t a genetically modified fruit or veg be grown organically as well – or is it assumed they are always grown organically (without pesticides) because they are already so resistant to “pests”? Just wondering out loud.

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