The category today is Does-Everyone-Know-This-But-Me? and the subject is the International Price Look-Up code.
I’ve been picking those annoying little stickers off apples, oranges, peppers and tomatoes, etc., for what seems like forever, always assuming they were of some use to the supermarket, but had nothing to do with me.
Wrong. It turns out that the PLU is about the only way you can find out if your food is genetically modified.
Most of the time, a PLU is a four-digit number. My Braeburn apples are labelled 4139, which means they are conventionally grown. If they were organic, the PLU would be 94139. That additional first number is what you want to look for.
In the case of GM produce, the first number would be an 8. A franken-Braeburn would carry a PLU of 84139.
In short, we already have GM labelling, which surprised me since that seems to be a big issue for a lot of people. Maybe we just don’t have enough GM labelling.
Now, if they would just make the country of origin visible. . .
N.B. Had this COMPLETELY WRONG – have corrected the information as of 3:18 p.m. My profound apologies.