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Food Labeling: How to Identify Conventional, Organic and GMO Produce

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The price look-up (PLU) code system used by most produce distributors has the side benefit of allowing consumers to identify conventional and organic produce at the grocery store. Even though the defeat of Proposition 37 means that genetically engineered information will not be added to labels at this time, PLU codes do have the potential to identify genetically engineered produce. This video shows you how to read PLU codes to unlock the information that is already right at your fingertips. Written and Produced by Mike Kahn.

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  1. UPDATED FACT CHECK – Product codes do not identify genetically modified produce
    FACT CHECK BY Marisha Goldhamer, AFP Published on Thursday 08 July 2021
    "Social media posts claim product codes indicate if produce has been genetically modified. But the codes mainly serve to control inventory and speed checkout, not as regulated labeling guides for consumers. [illustrated in the article linked below]
    "Want to know where your food and/or products come from?" asks a June 22, 2021 Instagram post.
    Identical posts, claiming to explain how to read the barcodes and PLU stickers found on products and produce, were shared and liked hundreds of times on Facebook and Instagram in June 2021. But the product labels do not work as described in the posts.
    Every company that wants to create a Global Trade Item Number to uniquely identify products through barcoding must register for a company prefix. The three-digit prefix is determined by the country in which the company is located, not where the product was made, according to GS1 US, a non-profit organization that issues company prefixes for barcodes.

    The numbers are assigned by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS). They are randomly assigned within the 3000, 4000, 83000 and 84000 series of numbers, according to the IFPS website.
    Contrary to the claim in the social media posts, the numbers will not reliably tell consumers if an item is genetically modified. In a 2018 statement, IFPS said: "Though the '8' prefix (83000-84999) was once reserved for GMO produce items, the prefix was never used at retail."

    Logan also confirmed that the posts are correct that the PLU code for organic produce will begin with the number 9.
    For consumers concerned about genetically modified products, the US the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law requires the disclosure of foods that contain detectable amounts of genetic [modified] material. A list of such foods is available here or the product may bear a bioengineered symbol." https://factcheck.afp.com/http%253A%252F%252Fdoc.afp.com%252F9E89TH-1

  2. Maybe are you kidding me it’s all over what the heck are you talking about trying to be politically correct with food why are you and make this videos

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