Saturday, May 05, 2007

No more raw almonds

Arg! This is so frustrating. Instead of demanding that big food processing facilities properly manage their operations so food is kept clean, the USDA wants to use pasterization and irradition to put a band-aid on the problem.

In response to 2 salmonella outbreaks within the last 10 years related to raw almonds, the USDA wants to now require all almonds to be pasturized using chemical and/or high temperature treatments. Not only will this expensive procedure force many small and family farms out of business, it is also upsetting to consumers (like me) who want raw, organic almonds free of chemicals and with all the nutrients and enzymes that would be killed by high heat intact. And even worse, these pastuerized nuts will still be labeled as "raw".

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