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Jul 14, 2009 06:06 AM

stickers on organic produce @ loblaws

hey chowhounds,

i have a beef ... i have recently been buying more organic produce. i shop primarily at longos even though loblaws is closer.

i have to say, i've never been a fan of loblaws (supply chain issues, quality of produce/meats vs. longos, staffing, etc.) but i am fairly impressed by the breadth of organic produce they offer.

HOWEVER, i am getting REALLY frustrated with the purple organic sticker that they attach to all of their loose organic produce. it leaves behind a disgusting sticky residue on my fruit/veggies.

i am tired of a) scrubbing my fruit (???) or b) cutting/biting off that section of the fruit.

is anyone else experiencing this? i don't know how else to get rid of the glue!


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  1. I get sticky residue sometimes, but a dab of olive oil and then a rinsing takes care of it. Maybe you could complain to the store and let them know so they could change the stickers. Just a thought!

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    1. re: danhole

      hi danhole,

      tks for the tip about olive oil! that is great ... i will give it a try. and yeah - i've already complained to the store...not sure if it will actually make a difference.


      1. re: lilaki

        lilaki - actually any oil will work. Olive oil is just the first thing that popped into my mind! And you are welcome!


    2. I have the same issue with the stickers some of our local organic growers put on their produce in CA...especially on soft/thin skinned varieties like zucchini. I'll try olive oil next time but jeeze, stick it on the stem or something. Help a girl out here, sticker people.

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      1. re: emmaroseeats

        If the sticker is easily removable, then someone can remove it and the non-organics cost considerably less. The stickiness is a theft prevention measure. They can't do it the other way around.

        1. re: Cathy

          consuming glue residue can't be good for you! and seems to defeat the purpose of eating organics! ;)

            1. re: emmaroseeats

              You never saw people changing price stickers on items before there were scanners? It became a game for some people...walking out of a store with two bags of groceries for $2.

              Organics are considerably higher priced and if a store offers both types, they have to delineate them in some way. People can't be trusted to tell the cashier one item is organic and the other item isn't.

              As far as the sticky residue, I slice it off. Not a very large area at all.

              1. re: emmaroseeats

                Not ridiculous at all. There is a used book store around here that has signs at the end of every shelf row warning customers that swapping price stickers is legally equivalent to shoplifting. I can definitely see where someone would think swapping stickers would be an easy way to save a few cents on produce.

                For the record though, I always thought the stickers were put on produce by the processors/distributors. Fruit arrives at the store with stickers already on for the most part, so stores don't have much control over how sticky the stickers are.

                1. re: mpjmph

                  I'm not saying that people stealing is ridiculous...I know that some folks are like that. But I find it really hard to believe that sticky stickers are on my organic produce as a preventative for some sticker swapping conspiracy. When I worked in grocery we had to know what each produce item looked like and there weren't stickers to tell us what was organic or nonorganic - you just had to know. It was a source of pride for a checker to not only be able to tell the produce apart but to know all the codes by heart. And we reviewed the newly introduced produce daily. I'm not expecting larger chain stores to be able to train people up to that level, but I also don't expect the world to revolve around sticky theft prevention.

                  1. re: emmaroseeats

                    how the heck could you tell organic apart from inorganic if there were no stickers on it?

                    1. re: Bryn

                      Talent. :) No - it was a number of years ago and the organic varieties were much stranger than the conventional. But when you would run into something like, say, a granny smith apple, the green color would be different between the two.

          1. Sorry - can't help. I apparently have mad skillz at peeling those little suckers off.

            But....there's really a store called loblaws ? I thought it was just a joke from Arrested Development.

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