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- Apr 03 2018
What is PLU code? How to shop for organic produce?
PLU (Price Look Up) codes are numbers that cashiers use to ring you up. It has been used by supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster and more accurate. IFPS (International Federation for Produce Standards) is the global organization that assigns PLU codes to produce items. The mission of the IFPS is to improve the supply chain efficiency of the fresh produce industry through developing, implementing and managing harmonized standards. The PLU coding system is voluntary, not mandated by any governing body. There are currently over 1400 PLU codes issued for fresh produce and produce related items.
The codes are not intended to convey information to consumers. They are simply business tools for accurate price rings at the cash register, inventory control, and category management.
Here’s what that code represents:
- A 5 digit number that starts with a 9 means the item is organic, example, 93000-94999.
- A 4 digit code beginning with a 3 or a 4 means that the produce is conventionally grown.
- A 5 digit code that starts with an 8 means the item is genetically modified.
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