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Mandatory Almond Pasteurization

Posted Sep 14 2008 4:02pm

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Our food freedom is under siege. Like no-more-raw-almonds siege!

Starting in the fall of 2007 all raw almonds in North America will undergo mandatory pasteurization.

via theAlmond Board of California

In the past 5 years, the almond industry experienced two food safety incidents in which raw almonds were recalled due to the presence of Salmonella. While contamination in almonds is not common, the industry determined that aggressive measures were necessary to prevent any other occurrences.

They weren't lying about that whole aggressive measures thing! But what's really going on?

via Seth of Living Nutz

The primary reasons for passing this law are two isolated outbreaks of salmonella, in conjunction with conventional almond farms a few years ago. To the best of our knowledge no salmonella outbreaks have EVER been associated with organic almonds.

Within the past 10 years tomatoes, spinach, green onions, peanuts, grapes, melons, lettuce, and sprouts have all been linked to salmonella outbreaks. Does that mean we should eliminate all fresh produce? Absolutely not!!!

Almonds, the heartbeat of all nuts, literally, have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease, a rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few . These amazing and life enhancing health benefits, will be devastatingly reduced if not completely eliminated in the pasteurization process.

So what can you do? More info after the jump:

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