The Shocking Secret About What Those Fruit Stickers Really Mean


You’re at the supermarket. You’re in the produce section looking to stock up on your fruits. What you’ve noticed are those little stickers on the fruit, but have you ever wondered what they mean? Most people just throw them in the bag without question.

It’s common to find stickers that signify a bar code or an item number that you can type in on a self-checkout machine. However, these codes may stand out to you a bit more once you know what they actually mean.


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Decoding the numbers is important. If the fruit has a four-digit number, it implies that the fruit was grown in a conventional, healthy manner. Great! If you have a five-digit code beginning with the number 8, it implies that your fruit was grown with genetic modification. These are the fruits you should steer away from as they may contain harmful carcinogens.

In addition, any code starting with the number 4 indicates that the fruit was treated with chemicals and pesticides. These should also be avoided.


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However, if your fruit has a five digit number starting with the number 9, it signifies that your fruit was grown organically. These are the best fruits for human consumption and you’ll want to look for more of these to bring home!

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The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) produce fruit stickers all across the world. It was implemented for the public to know what kind of foods they are consuming, even if they look 100% organic from the outside.

If you’re looking to eat completely wholesomely and organically, it’s best to do your research on what these stickers mean. It could play a huge role in your overall long-term health.

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What do you thinking about this shocking produce secret? Don’t forget to share this with your friends so they know, too!

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