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produce fresh fruits and vegetables
comparision shopping evaluating different brands, sizes, and forms of a product before making a purchase decision
impulse buying making an unplanned purchase without much thought
grade an indication of food quality
brand name the name a manufacturer puts on products so people will know the products are made by that company
store brand a brand sold only by a store or chain of stores
national brand a brand that is advertised and sold throughout the country
generic product a plain-labeled, no brand grocery item
precycling thinking about now packaging materials can be reused or recycled before buying a product
unit pricing a listing of a product's cost per standard unit, weight, or measure
organic food a food produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or growth stimulants
pesticide an agent used to kill insects, weeds, and fungi that attack crops
food additive a substance that is added to food for a specific purpose, such as preserving the food
GRAS list (Generally Recognized As Safe) List of food additives accepted as safe by the FDA
nutrition labeling an analysis of a food product's contributions to an average diet that appears on the product packaging
Daily Value a dietary reference that appears on food labels
universal product code (UPC) series of lines, bars, and numbers that appears on packages of food and nonfood items. This code is used by a computer scanner to identify a product, its manufacturer, and its size and form
open dating a system of putting dates on perishable and semi-perishable foods to help consumers obtain products that are fresh and wholesome
Created by: raiver