Organic almond supporters roast pasteurization plan
George Raine, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, August 23, 2007
A new food regulation that mandates the pasteurization of California
almonds leaves a bad taste in the mouth of Jesse Schwartz, a purveyor
of raw organic almond butter and other natural foods in Berkeley.
For 25 years, as president of Living Tree Community Foods, he has
done business with small Central Valley farmers, and now, effective
Sept. 1, he'll have to buy raw nuts for processing from Italy, Spain
and Turkey - almonds of lesser quality, he will tell you.
"Almonds are a part of the heritage of the American people, and it
makes me very sad that they're about to dump a fumigant on our
American heritage," Schwartz said, referring to a method of
pasteurization that involves chemicals.