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Stickers, Stickers Everywhere!

I wonder who had the big idea to put a little sticker on each and every vegetable or piece of fruit in the supermarket. Sure, I am exaggerating a little, since there are probably still some produce items that are not individually labeled, but probably not many!

I see this kinds of stickers regularly on things like peaches, pears, apples, plums, oranges and grapefruit to name a few.

Apples Do Not Need Stickers Now it wouldn’t be so bad if these stickers were easier to remove, but apparently the product growers or vendors, or whoever the heck affixes these stickers to the produce hired someone from NASA to come up with an extra sticky sticker that is very hard to remove from some items.

For example, with peaches and plums, I usually end up tearing off the skin along with the sticker and then I end up with that stupid sticker stuck to my finger or thumb.

It hardly seems worth the walk to the trash container for such a small item so I usually look for a piece of junk mail or something on the counter to stick it onto. Even if I did take the time to walk to the trash, there’s the problem of trying to get that stupid sticker unstuck from me and into the trash!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that crazy about the idea of sticking my hand into the trash container to locate some item to transfer that sticker to when I’m about to eat a piece of fruit with my hands.

You can forget trying to shake that sucker off your hand and into the trash. By the time that happens, McCain or Obama will be in the White House!

I do appreciate the information on the stickers. I like to know where my food comes from, and they also imprint little code numbers on them sometimes that you can look up on the internet to get more information. That’s kind of cool.

Perhaps they could just put this information like country of origin and other useful tidbits on the signs in the store where the fruit is displayed. I think that would do the trick.

I have not taken the time to research this, but I’m beginning to wonder now whether these stickers were mandated by some consumer law or something. It sounds like something the government might do.

I just wish they would come up with a less sticky sticker. Maybe they could even come up with a way to tattoo the information on the produce. After all, it seems to be the "in" thing these days, but I would have to draw the line at body piercing where produce is concerned, since that would likely cause it to spoil a lot faster.

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