What do stickers on fruits and vegetables mean?
Going to the supermarket for groceries, you need to keep your ears open and your eyes open. And not only in order not to put in the basket too much. Take, for example, stickers on vegetables and fruits. They were seen by everyone, but very few people looked closely. And in vain. After all, they can tell a lot. Including what products just should not be carried to the cashier.
Who has ever seen stickers on bananas, apples or tangerines? I remember once they even served as a way of creative expression and an almost “designer” apartment decor. But stickers are placed on vegetables and fruits is not for beauty. They serve as a source of valuable information. You just need to know how to read it.
No, it's not even about the barcode. And about another room, located just above. It usually starts with a “#” character and consists of 4-5 digits. This is an international identifier in which the type of vegetable or fruit is encrypted. And something else. Let's try to figure it out.
For example, here is the average apple. His international number is 4131.If the code consists of only 4 characters, this means that the vegetable or fruit was grown in “traditional” conditions or with the use of pesticides approved by international standards. Acceptable option for purchase, but it would be better to look for something else.
If the code consists of 5 characters and begins with the number "9", this means that the product is grown organically, without pesticides and gene modifications. The organic apple code would look like this: 94131.
A good choice is to take and carry to the cashier. The only pity is that the natural product looks mostly not too tempting: not as big and glossy as its counterparts from the next item.
See the five-digit code that starts with the number "8"? Stay away from such instances! After all, before you - genetically modified product. For example, the GMO apple code is 84131. And you hardly want to give it to a child for school.