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Despite massive opposition from almond producers, retailers and organic consumers, the USDA has implemented its ruling to require that raw almonds be pasteurized. The rule went into effect on September 1st, and since then, all retail outlets have been forced to remove truly raw almonds from store shelves. Consumers will be misled by this action as there will still be almonds on store shelves labeled as "raw", but they will actually be pasteurized. One of the FDA-recommended pasteurization methods requires the use of propylene oxide, which is classified as a "possible human carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and is banned in Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. Since the decision about the rule was made, Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, has stepped down. He is temporarily replaced by Chuck Conner. This may provide a new opportunity for reversal. Please contact Conner today to ask that the rule be suspended for 6 months while the public comment period is re-opened:
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Posted: Dec 17, 2007 8:19pm
Mar 27, 2007
Focus: Health
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

All Almonds will be Pasteurized starting 2007!

No label allowing "truly raw almonds"

Almonds labeled as "Raw Almonds" will still have been pasteurized!

A big lie and fraud!! You are about to be denied your food freedom choices!

Did you know that starting in the fall of 2007, truly raw almonds will not
be available in the USA or Canada? See link below for the pasteurization

The FDA, USDA and the California Almond Board has developed a marketing
order which mandates that all almonds must be pasteurized. This came about
because " two outbreaks of salmonella, associated with conventional farms
several years ago". Industry has now overreacted in grand fashion and they
do not even know it yet.

No outbreaks have been associated with raw organic almonds to date that we
are aware of.

This has everything to do with lack of biodiversity and the sterile farming
methods used on conventional farms. On these farms few weeds or grasses grow
on the floors and little sunlight reaches the floors. To the contrary,
Organic farms support and encourage biodiversity with green floors in the
orchards and this discourages pathogen growth. Unfortunately, organic
almonds are shelled and bagged on the same production facilities as
conventional and are being subjected to the same rules.

There is an even bigger issue. The FDA has decided not to tell the consumer
the truth about this processing step. The almonds you will buy in Wholefoods
this fall may still say "raw almonds but they will have been subjected to
high heat and a five log kill step...that they are calling Pasteurization".
This lie is being permitted by the marketing order!!

The FDA in association with the USDA and the Almond Board is in fact denying
you the information required to make informed choices when you buy food. You
will not be able to identify a pasteurized almond from a truly raw whole,
enzyme rich, unprocessed almond.

The almond board claims that the almonds will still sprout ( still some life
in them ) and that the flavor does not change. But yet no research has been
performed to see what kind of opportunistic bacteria will take over when the
almond has been sterilized. It is not a whole natural food anymore. It will
now be a processed food. Millions of dollars are being invested to install
expensive pasteurization machines in all Almond plants in order to follow
this "sterile foods are better foods edict".

Demand that your source of organic raw almonds be exempted from this short
sighted food safety debacle.

Demand that a label be permitted that identifies "truly raw almonds" and if
required even put a warning label on them. Also demand that pasteurized
almonds be identified as well. It seems that every time a government warning
is applied to a food, that in itself becomes a certification that that is
the food you should eat.

It is very clear that the FDA does not understand the origins of the massive
immune depression epidemic in America. A sterilized diet makes for a
weakened immune system. FDA website explains antibiotic
resistance quite well, but ignorantly and blindly never mentions pro-biotics
which prevent disease and infections. Whole unprocessed living foods are in
this category of foods.

Weakened immune systems are associated directly with cancer, osteoporosis,
asthma, allergies, Crohns, IBS, Colitis, GERD, chronic disease ,infections,
antibiotic use and resistance and human death, Ulcers and the list goes on
and on.

Raw almonds are a wonder food just as they are. Let consumers make the
informed choice and be responsible for the consequences.

The almond farmers do not even know what they have been led into by the FDA.
This consumer choice option will surely increase almond sales.

Denial of a choice will be a marketing disaster.

Freedom is lost gradually... bit by bit and bite by bite... with the great
assistance of passive unconscious in activism and sheepish.

You are conscious and aware of this path. Lets fight today and send a
message. We must have unprocessed food choices.

These are the people to contact....please fax, call or email them and
1. A true almond label that states clearly that " almonds have been
2. A second consumer choice label that warns that the "almonds are raw
and unprocessed".
3. That you will not tolerate the pasteurization of your almonds and
having them still labeled as a "raw almond". That this is a fraud and a lie.

4. Tell them that the proposed marketing order denies consumers of
freedom to identify and choose whole unprocessed foods.

Marketing Committee Members
Scott Hunter, Chairman
Hunter Farms
12237 Rose Avenue
Livingston, CA 95334
Work: (209) 564-9991
Fax: (209) 394-8007

Dan Cummings, Vice Chairman
Cummings-Violich, Inc.
1750 Dayton Road
Chico, CA 95928
Work: (530) 894-5494
Fax: (530) 891-4946

Stacey Humble, Associate Director, Global Marketing

John O'Shaughnessy
Blue Diamond Growers
1802 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Work: (916) 446-8576
Fax: (916) 446-8461

Susan Brauner
Blue Diamond Growers
1802 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Work: (916) 446-8354
Fax: (916) 325-2880

Board of Directors of the California Almond Board

Chairman David Phippen
13909 Leroy Ave.
Ripon, CA 95366 (209) 599-6111 (209) 599-4008 fax

Vice Chair Doug Youngdahl
Blue Diamond Growers P.O. Box 1768
Sacramento, CA 95812 (916) 446-8595 (916) 329-3320 fax

Member Susan Brauner
Blue Diamond Growers P.O. Box 1768
Sacramento, CA 95812 (916) 446-8354 (916) 325-2880 fax

Member Wil Hunter
Hunter Farms 1621 N. Lincoln
Livingston, CA 95334 (209) 277-5840 (209) 394-8007 fax

Member Christine Long
Hilltop Ranch, Inc. 13890 Looney Rd.
Ballico, CA 95303 (209) 874-1875 (209) 874-1877 fax

Member Mike Mason
Panoche Creek Packing 15810 Arabella Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93312 (661) 746-7877 (661) 746-7875 fax

Member Dean Nelson
Sierra Valley Almonds, LLC 12800 W. Shields Ave. Kerman, CA 93630
(559) 280-2148 (559) 843-9010 fax

Member Dan Cummings
Cummings-Violich, Inc. 1750 Dayton Road
Chico, CA 95928 (530) 894-5494 (530) 891-4946 fax

Member Rick Kindle
Gold Hills Nut Co., Inc. 11805 Newport Rd.
Ballico, CA 95303 (209) 634-2022 (209) 634-0407 fax

Member Doug Wells 16508 W. River Rd.
Livingston, CA 95334 (209) 394-7246
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