False: Identify GMO tomatoes in 2 easy steps


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The Claim:

Many sites are sharing the click-bait title and article, "Here's How to Identify GMO Tomatoes in 2 Easy Steps"....
....with many using this graphic photo :

The text usually reads:
......in this article we are going to show you an easy way that will help you identify these GMO tomatoes and you will know what to eat.

......first, you should know that fruits and vegetables that are grown in the usual way (with the injection of chemicals) are labeled with a code consisting of four digits. And Organic fruits and vegetables have a price tag with a code consisting of five digits, starting with the number 9. Genetically modified (GMO) fruits and vegetables have a price tag with a code consisting of five digits starting with the number 8!

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Background, and why the above claim is false:

A PLU is short for "Price Look-Up" code. It's that sticker on fruits and veggies in US and other world supermarkets.
PLU's are governed and proposed by the IFPS

IFPS is the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) is composed of national produce associations from around the globe.
The long term objective of the federation is to improve the supply chain efficiency of the fresh produce industry through developing, implementing and managing harmonized international standards.
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It's a 5 digit code.
(0)+four digits means the produce is "conventionally grown source". (zero is not shown)
(9)+four digits means it is "organically grown source". (five digits total)
(8)+four digits was reserved for potentially "GMO grown source" (five digits total)

The prefix #8 has not been needed so far, so...
PLU Code Transition - Leading Digit '8' by cdallaccoAs the adoption of price look-up (PLU) codes gain further traction in the produce industry, the IFPS has committed to transitioning the previously unused prefix '8' to accommodate an increase in varieties of fresh produce items as they enter the market. Please refer to the press release (English, Spanish and French) for further information. Additional information can also be found in this article which is an extract from the October 2015 Fresh Magazine issue published by PMA.
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But based on the prefix "8" 's prior intention, some sites and people believe or claim this prefix means such labeled produce is "GMO sourced".......without noticing that "8" now means something entirely different, due to changes and advancements in PLU labeling.
Since no GMO produce is sold anyway, "8" now means :

As International Federation for Produce Standards
(IFPS), for which I (Ed Treasy) volunteer as Chairman of
the Board, reported this summer, IFPS committed
to transitioning the previously unused “8” prefix
to accommodate an increase in varieties of fresh
produce items as they enter the market.
The transition
comes at a time when the demand for the
voluntary codes, used for price identification in retail,
is increasing in North America, Europe, South
America, Australia, New Zealand and more recently,
http://www.ifpsglobal.com/Portals/22/IFPS Documents/Prefix 8/IFPS Prefix 8 Fresh Mag article Sept 2015.pdf?ver=2015-10-07-204449-613
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Not forgetting to mention, that there are no GMO tomatoes sold, anywhere, anyhow.

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Critical Thinker

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To further expand upon the facts raised by Leifer. There had briefly been available one GMO tomato (Flavr Savr), however at the current time there are none available.

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A genetically modified tomato, or transgenic tomato, is a tomato that has had its genes modified, using genetic engineering. The first commercially available genetically modified food was a tomato engineered to have a longer shelf life (the Flavr Savr). Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially, but scientists are developing tomatoes with new traits like increased resistance to pests or environmental stresses
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In regards to the Flavr Savr that had been on the market between 1994 and 1997...

Flavr Savr (also known as CGN-89564-2; pronounced "flavor saver"), a genetically modified tomato, was the first commercially grown genetically engineeredfood to be granted a license for human consumption. It was produced by the Californian company Calgene, and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992.[1] On May 18, 1994,[2] the FDA completed its evaluation of the Flavr Savr tomato and the use of APH(3')II, concluding that the tomato "is as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means" and "that the use of aminoglycoside 3'-phosphotransferase II is safe for use as a processing aid in the development of new varieties of tomato, rapeseed oil, and cotton intended for food use." It was first sold in 1994, and was only available for a few years before production ceased in 1997.[3] Calgene made history, but mounting costs prevented the company from becoming profitable
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The FDA stated that special labeling for these modified tomatoes was not necessary because they have the essential characteristics of non-modified tomatoes. Specifically, there was no evidence for health risks, and the nutritional content was unchanged.[3]

The failure of the Flavr Savr has been attributed to Calgene's inexperience in the business of growing and shipping tomatoes
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Unfortunately, anyone can go to youtube, and find older videos, based on non-current information or facts.
Older accusations can be (currently) false, either on their own, or based on newer and more accurate data.
But some people will still believe it's "currently true"......even though that within the subsequent years, new facts have surfaced.
The cleansing of outdated facts or inaccurate opinions on YT, is not a priority nor a designated duty of the YT company, as far as I know. (I should update my YT knowledge facts, lol)


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I don't know about you fellas, but the supposed GMO tomato looks a lot more juicy and flavorful than the supposed non GMO unit...
silly of them [...] to make the less appetizing tomato the supposed "good" one. No?