What Do the Codes on the Stickers of Fruits Mean?

When you are buying fruits, you have probably noticed that most of them have stickers. Have you ever wondered what do these stickers mean?

The stickers attached to the fruits contain codes that reveal information about how the product was cultivated, so, the next time you are at the supermarket, you may pay more attention to the products that you are buying.

Meaning of the Sticker Codes on the Fruits


The codes on the stickers of the fruits contain 4 or 5 numbers which show how the plants were grown.

  • If there are 4 digital numbers on the sticker that start with the numbers 3 or 4, these products were cultivated in the second half of the 20th century by using artificial fertilizers.
  • If there are 5 digital numbers that start with the number 8, these fruits are GMO products, or genetically modified.
  • If there are 5 digital numbers that start with the number 9, these fruits are organic. This means that they were cultivated in a traditional way without using any pesticides and fertilizers.

John Borsov

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