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(US-wi) USDA Plan to "Pasteurize" Almonds Has Consumers Going Nuts

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  • Jeff Rogers
    USDA Plan to Pasteurize Almonds Has Consumers Going Nuts Mandate Would Require Use of Chemical Fumigant or Heat Treatment on Raw Almonds CORNUCOPIA, WI.,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2007
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      USDA Plan to "Pasteurize" Almonds Has Consumers Going Nuts

      Mandate Would Require Use of Chemical Fumigant or Heat Treatment on
      "Raw" Almonds


      CORNUCOPIA, WI., August 6, 2007 /Natural Newswire/ -- Small-scale
      farmers, retailers, and consumers are renewing their call to the USDA
      to reassess the plan to “pasteurize” all California almonds with a
      toxic fumigant or high-temperature sterilization process. All
      domestic almonds will be mandated to have the treatments by early
      next year. The plan was quietly developed by the USDA in response to
      outbreaks of Salmonella in 2001 and 2004 that were traced to raw
      almonds.

      “The almond ‘pasteurization’ plan will have many harmful impacts on
      consumers and the agricultural community,” said Will Fantle, research
      director for The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy
      research group. “Only 18 public comments from the entire U.S.—and all
      from almond industry insiders—were received on the proposal. The
      logic behind both the necessity and safety of the treatments
      processes has not been fully or adequately analyzed—as well as the
      economic costs to small-scale growers and the loss of consumer choices.”

      Last Wednesday, the California Almond Board suddenly requested that
      USDA delay the treatment mandate until March, 2008—it had been
      scheduled to take effect on September 1. “We support this request for
      a delay,” said Fantle, “but a delay, due to the industry being
      unprepared, isn’t enough. The USDA must also re-open the rule for
      public review and comment so that those who have been shut out of the
      decision-making process can have input into any almond treatment plan.”

      Full story:
      http://www.naturalnewswire.com/2007/08/usda-plan-to-pa.html
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