How to read food labels on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ever wonder what the 4- to 5-digit codes on your produce really mean? According to Dan Vaché of the United Fresh Produce
Association: “A 4-digit code means conventionally grown, while a 5-digit one starting with 9 means organic and a 5-digit code
starting with 8 means genetically modified.” Really? GMO is labeled? “Well,” Vaché cautions, “there are almost no genetically
modified fresh produce items on the market.” (“Fresh” being the key word. Papaya and sweet corn are the only fresh GMO
available and at present labeling is voluntary.)