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Why Apples have stickers | Functions of stickers on apple fruits in supermarkets


Because apples are one of the most consumed fruits in the world, it is crucial to understand how they were grown and how they may have been treated before purchase. The stickers on apple fruits are a typical feature found in marketplaces, particularly supermarkets. Many people may be perplexed as to why they have those stickers.

The stickers are used to identify the type and provenance of the apple fruit. This is an important part of telling the consumer about the type of goods they are eating.

The codes on the stickers convey various pieces of information. The code might show the origin, technique of growing, and variety of the apple depending on its source. If the apple is from the United States, for example, the four-digit code on the sticker shows the state of origin. This information is becoming increasingly relevant as more people become aware of the ramifications that their food’s origins can have.

The codes can also be used to determine whether or not the fruit was cultivated with GMOs. GMOs are genetically modified organisms that have been developed to boost yields while decreasing production costs. It is critical for customers to understand whether the apples they buy are genetically modified, as excessive consumption of this sort of fruit has been linked to negative health impacts. Furthermore, the codes can show whether the fruit was grown organically or with the use of synthetic pesticides and fungicides. Knowing the distinction is critical in assisting the consumer in making an informed purchasing decision.


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