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Almond Pasteurization Update

We at Living Nutz would like to thank the almost 30,000 people who have signed the “Mandatory Pasteurization of Almonds is Wrong Petition”.  Since this petition was created in 2007 a lot has happened (thanks to the Cornucopia Institute) in the progress of winning an appeal against the USDA’s ruling that has made all almonds grown in the USA illegal by implementing extreme forms of pasteurization including methods that revert to high heat, carcinogenic chemical fumigation and steam pasteurization.

The effects this mandate has had on independent almond farmers and distributors have been nothing short of devastating. Consequently bigger commercial almond producers who function as corporate conglomerates with the goal being the financial bottom line as opposed to integrity and quality of traditional almond farming methods and production have prospered greatly. This is due to pasteurization cutting off the independent growers.

In addition to Farmers and distributors many companies that use raw almonds as ingredients in their products have also taken a hit. This is one of the major reasons that the Living Nutz team has decided to take action against this federal ruling by educating and motivating people to stand up and take responsibility for their food freedom choices. By assisting in the mission to empower people to make their own choices in regards to the quality of foods they choose to put into their body as opposed government entities, people become stronger collectively as a nation and as a species, which will help to prevent ridiculous mandates such as these from occurring in the future.

Since this mandate was passed the Cornucopia Institute has been on the front lines fighting this bill for everyone who cares about raw almonds and our seemingly diminishing food freedom choices.  A lawsuit seeking to overturn the almond pasteurization rule was filed on Sept. 9, 2008 in the Washington, D. C. federal court. In addition to the Cornucopia Institute, Fifteen almond farmers and handlers are plaintiffs in the complaint. As of August 3rd, 2010 they announced victory through a win in the appeals court.

The Cornucopia Institute says:

“We believe we have compelling legal arguments and a strong lawsuit. It is our opinion that the USDA exceeded its regulatory authority in imposing the raw almond treatment. Even if the agency has the authority, it is badly bungled its enactment. The legal team assembled by Cornucopia is working hard to successfully make the case. But to be successful, the legal effort will need help from all who want to preserve the right to truly raw, authentic almonds grown in the United States.”

It is for this reason that Living Nutz is has teamed up with the Cornucopia Institute to assist them in winning this battle. In the coming weeks and months we are going to use the petition that we created in addition to our blog site to educate, inspire and raise funds to help the Cornucopia Institute acquire revenue for legal fees that are crucial for the success of reversing this mandate thus making raw almonds legal again for everyone.

Please ask everyone you know who cares about this issue to sign the petition and we at Living Nutz will be contacting you with the latest updates of what can surely become a victory for this and potentially all food freedom issues that may be coming down the turnpike. Thank you all again for your support!


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  1. Some of the information I read is from 2011 and 2012….I was wondering the outcome of this law to pasteurize almonds. I buy so-called raw almonds all the time, but now I’m wondering if they are pasteurized or not.

    • Hi Sue. So far there have been no changes with respect to almond pasteurization. If you buy almonds from the health food store, they are likely pasteurized, unless they get them from Europe. I would ask the owner of the store, you would be surprised to know that some people still are not aware of the almond pasteurization law.

  2. How do the various pasteurization processes affect the omega three fatty acids in almonds?

    • Not sure about the effect of omega 3 in all the pasteurization processes, however, with the organic almonds, one source suggests “Raw organic almonds not treated with PPO may be heat pasteurized with steam. But heat may oxidize the omega 3 fatty acids in almonds, potentially turning them rancid and producing free radicals, which are believed to play a role in the development of cancer and other degenerative diseases.”

      Thanks for your question and your concerns about the foods we eat!

  3. thabks for the info

  4. The mandated treatments for harvested almonds are expensive and unnecessary (and either harmful with fumigation method or harmful to nutritional value of the nut). This is Big Government out of control and has had serious effects on small farmers – whom government is supposed to protect against large corporations, not the other way around. Please rescind this ridiculous order. Thank you

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