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Update: Almonds No Longer Raw; all to be pasteurized April 10, 2007 6:32 AM

All Almonds will be Pasteurized starting in 2007.
And the pasteurized almonds will be labelled as raw!!
A big lie and fraud!! You are about to be denied your freedom to choose!
Starting in the fall of 2007, truly raw almonds will not be available in the USA or Canada. See link below for the pasteurization plan.>
The FDA, USDA and the California Almond Board have developed a 
marketing order which mandates that all almonds must be pasteurized. This came about because of "two outbreaks of salmonella associated with conventional farms several years ago". Industry has now overreacted in grand fashion. To date, we are aware of no outbreaks associated with raw organic almonds.

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 Whole Foods 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 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.

Below are the people to contact. Please fax, call or email them with the following demands that can be copied and pasted for your convenience.

Subject: Pasteurization of Almonds

1. As an advocate of consumer rights and of raw, whole, enzyme rich and
unprocessed foods, I strongly object to the order that mandates the pasteurization of almonds.

2. I further object to the labelling of pasteurized almonds as raw.

3. I demand a second consumer choice of truly raw almonds that are labelled as such.

4. The proposed marketing order denies consumers the freedom to identify and choose whole and unprocessed foods and is entirely unacceptable.

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

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
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 April 10, 2007 6:51 AM

There is also a petition you can sign:

Mandatory Almond Pasteurization is WRONG!!!

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Sent. April 10, 2007 6:51 AM

Thanks for pulling the addreses together for us! I sent to all of them !  [ send green star]
dishearting April 10, 2007 7:41 AM

I appreciate good information, thank you  [ send green star]
 April 10, 2007 7:51 AM

Of course, if you live in the right area, you could get a couple almond trees for the yard...  [ send green star]
Action taken April 10, 2007 12:21 PM

Aside from more lies and deception - raw almonds are my favorite snack! I was thinking the same thing about planting trees. Do you think they'll grow in zone 5? Well actually we've had zone 6 weather for past few years.  [ send green star]
anonymous  April 10, 2007 12:33 PM

Thanks for sharing this info, Eric. I also wrote to all of the executives listed above.  [report anonymous abuse]
 April 10, 2007 12:37 PM

Maybe I could start a black market trade in raw almonds from the uk?!!

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Almond Tree April 12, 2007 7:27 AM


This site says Almond Trees grow in zones 5-8.

If you join for $10, they'll send you 10 trees free! The almond tree is only $10.98!!!!

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 April 13, 2007 10:32 AM

Alf ... I'll be your first customer!

8939 Signatures

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 April 13, 2007 10:51 AM

Good article:

Food Scam! The California Almond Board to Falsely Label Pasteurized Almonds as "Raw"

A quote from it:

"Raw foods are widely understood by virtually the entire food community to mean food items kept below 108 degrees (F), beyond which the living enzymes in foods are destroyed.

Pasteurization, in contrast, exposes foods to temperatures of up to 158 degrees for durations up to 30 minutes. (Faster "flash" pasteurization can involve much higher temperatures for shorter durations: 280 degrees (F) for two seconds, for example.) We do not know the precise temperature that will be used for pasteurizing almonds, but it will without question be a temperature higher than 108 degrees (F), which means the almonds can no longer be considered raw by any reasonable person familiar with the definition of raw."

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 April 13, 2007 11:24 AM

Thanks for info.

I signed the petition.  And joined GoPetition. I had not seen that petition site before, and it looks like a good one.

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Or, even worse April 13, 2007 11:38 AM

...they may be planning on "cold pasteurization"... which is irradiation. I don't know that, I haven't read that in the information, but if they want to call them "Raw" they could, legally (though not morally), use irradiation, as the almonds would not be heated.

I can't really think of anything much worse.

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 April 13, 2007 12:19 PM

This petition has really taken off. I can't imagine that the growers would be willing to ignore the wishes of that many customers.  [ send green star]
 April 13, 2007 12:32 PM

I really hope and they don't, Diana! I really hope they don't!

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 April 16, 2007 11:25 AM

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 April 16, 2007 1:12 PM

Petition signed. 10216 Signatures now.


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 April 17, 2007 4:46 AM


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 April 19, 2007 11:56 AM

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anonymous  April 19, 2007 4:49 PM

thanks, I signed the petition.  these are one of our favorite alkalizing snacks!  [report anonymous abuse]
 April 19, 2007 5:46 PM

11254 Signatures and growing! Smile!  [ send green star]
 April 20, 2007 6:01 AM


Elfmagic:  "You cannot currently send a star to Elfmagic because you have done so within the last week.

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 April 20, 2007 6:07 AM

A for Almonds Health & Wellness  (tags: prevention, food, AlternativeMed, health, nutrition, protein )

Elena has received 134 new, 2493 total stars from Care2 membersElena has been awarded 790 butterflies for taking action at Care2Elena has 121 Golden Notes.
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Nutritional nut good for you inside and out
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Signed Action Taken - Thanks for the link and info about this April 20, 2007 7:50 AM

It has been impressed upon me no less than 3 or 4 times in last  couple weeks thru health talks at Fountain of Youth Seminars that one of the most healthy foods for balancing and nutrition etc are as must be RAW ALMONDS and nuts.  This is horrible, that combined with the other FDA ruling trying to pass by 4/30 by making it illegal for alternative health foods, supplements and treatments.  Its getting really bad out there must stay on an extremely vigil watch at all times. Thanks you all who contribute to this.

We can only pray, that they wont sneakily do as Diane said and irradiate them without heat so that technically they can bypass the real definition for pasturization. AHeechhhhh!!!@!!! So Scary

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 April 20, 2007 7:53 AM


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 April 25, 2007 6:16 AM

12217 Signatures

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 April 25, 2007 6:18 AM

OCA: Take Action Health & Wellness  (tags: irridiated foods, Food and Drug Administration, risks, labelling )

Ramona has received 6 new, 60 total stars from Care2 membersRamona has been awarded 480 butterflies for taking action at Care2Ramona has 2 Golden Notes.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new federal regulations that will allow manufacturers and retailers to sell controversial irradiated foods without labeling them, as previously required by law.
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 April 25, 2007 6:26 AM

I've signed the petition.... this does bother me... why do they always have to mess with nature?  Why ruin a good thing?? 

Edgar Cayce (a well-known seer/psychic)  said "3 almonds a day will keep cancer away."  and it sure as heck wasn't "pasterized" almonds he was referring to...  Only the Raw Almonds hold the benefit's that nature intended them to have...

I do thank all of you for bringing this to the attention of many, and hopefully they will not tamper with the natural almonds.

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unreal April 25, 2007 9:53 AM

Eating raw foods is the best for us!  Now they want to pasturize our nuts?  What's next??  We should have a choice!  [ send green star]
 April 25, 2007 10:53 AM

It looks like we have to fight for that choice.    [ send green star]
 April 25, 2007 11:37 AM

It seems that for some reason gov't & industry aren't going to be happy until all food is completely processed and stripped of nutrients.  [ send green star]
Write Dr.Oz about it!! April 26, 2007 8:35 AM

I just saw Dr.OZ on Oprah yesterday advising we eat only unroasted almonds and nuts. I am going to write him on her site- "ask dr. oz anything" and let them know what is up.  I'm also gonna ask why doctors seem to have different opinions on things.  [ send green star]
 April 26, 2007 11:39 AM

Mona.  Let us know what DR. Oz replies.  [ send green star]
 May 01, 2007 6:27 AM

Browsing through a site for natural products (The Big Carrot), I found this:

This is the international mandatory food irradiation label

Food irradiation is the process of exposing foods to gamma rays for a variety of reasons, including: to kill or render insects incapable of reproducing, to destroy micro-organisms in food, to delay ripening of vegetables and fruits by modifying the biochemistry of the plant's cells, and to inhibit sprouting during storage.  Health Canada's website states that 'To date, the following products have been examined by Health Canada and have been approved for irradiation: potatoes, onions, wheat, flour, whole wheat flour, whole and ground spices, and dehydrated seasoning preparations. Currently, the technology is not used widely on food commodities in Canada. So far, the main use of irradiation in Canada has been on spices.'1  

Though Health Canada says that Food irradiation is a safe process, other research has shown that irradiation destroys vitamin A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, carotene and thiamine. (source: Hard To Swallow, by Sarjeant and Evans, Alive Books, 1999).  Various studies around the world have shown that animals fed irradiated foods have increased chances of tumours, cataracts, kidney damage, chromosome breakage, fewer offspring and higher mortality.  In addition, it appears as though aflatoxin, a carcinogenic substance produced by molds, occurs in greater quantities in irradiated foods. (source: Coalition to Stop Food Irradition Fact Sheet).  Other products being imported from the United States and elsewhere may be irradiated too.  As usual, the safest way to avoid these contentious experiments is to buy certified organic!

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Petition has slowed down May 15, 2007 3:46 PM

...please sign it if you haven't already!



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Update August 23, 2007 8:25 AM

Raw Almonds Avoid Fumigation, But Not Controversy Environment  (tags: environment, food, organic, government )

StarsGold Notes
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A rule designed to protect the public against salmonella poisoning from almonds is leaving a bad taste in the mouth of organic almond growers.
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 October 19, 2007 5:55 AM

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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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food irradiation October 22, 2007 5:58 PM

I heard a while back that the Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle was asking for a second food irradiator. Guess what folks! that means they already have the first one. Pineapple anyone?  [ send green star]
I luv Almonds...the raw ones too....unroasted!!! October 22, 2007 7:53 PM

Guess I will go on a starvation diet for eternity since everything I like that is healthy will no longer be healthy b/c the gov/FDA/Pharm. are trying to kill me.   [ send green star]
 October 22, 2007 10:33 PM

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 October 23, 2007 4:50 AM


I love raw almonds too! Thanks to all that took action!

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 October 23, 2007 5:03 AM

Consumer Groups Join Forces to Reverse Pasteurization Ruling for Raw Almonds Health & Wellness  (tags: health, risk, risks, safety, food, diet, ethics, illness, toxins, science, research )

StarsButterfliesGold Notes
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The U.S. government is once again working closely with powerful corporations to knowingly deliver a nutritionally deficient food supply to the American people. This most recent example concerns the new rules by the Almond Board of
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 September 26, 2008 11:21 AM


OCA Readers Talk Back:
What's Up With Pasteurized 'Raw' Almonds?

An OCA Reader Writes: "A year ago, in Organic Bytes #120, you reported that the USDA now mandates that all almonds, even those labeled as "raw" must now be pasteurized. Has anything changed with that issue?"

OCA Responds: More than a dozen almond growers filed a lawsuit against the USDA this month, claiming the USDA's ruling has devastated their businesses. Foreign producers do not have to abide by this rule, so consumers of raw almonds are increasingly shifting their business away from domestic production. "This ruling is a financial disaster and has closed a major customer group that we have built up over the years," said Dan Hyman, an almond grower and owner of D&S Ranches in Selma, CA.

Learn more

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 September 26, 2008 11:34 AM

I just had some dark chocolate almonds from Planters.

Man, were they good.

They, however, were roasted.

But I do have grave concerns about efforts to reduce dangers by introducing other dangers, especially the adding of chemicals to do so. Particularly, if there is a reduction in nutritional value.

I have had Wolfgang Puck's uncured pepperoni pizza and it is divine, if not readily available.

There was another nice pizza that was available, yet, I now go with Kashi.

Nitrites make my mouth kind of numb.

I do understand there are natural formation of the nitrites, but wonder on adding extra amounts. I am trying to reduce meat consumption...

I am all for safety, yet question some of the methods arrived at to reach that.

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 September 26, 2008 2:12 PM

Almonds, help your pineal gland(third eye). Organic only please. I ts gret to see US well on the road to BEING organic again, YEAH!

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petition signed September 26, 2008 6:56 PM

Only nuts destroy nuts, do you "NOT-SEE" that the food supply is being manipulated, to inflick us with the mark of the beast!!!

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 September 29, 2008 5:23 AM

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 October 03, 2008 7:16 PM

  I love my almond milk, and was just looking at a machine to make it myself--I know I can do it other ways, but I work alot---now I am wondering what will happen to my almond milk.

   Alf, if you start and underground almond store, let me in on it. I am in the US, but will pay for pure raw almonds! 

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