Judge rules all California almonds must be pasteurized

01/25/2012 11:16:00 AM
Mike Hornick

“The organic consumer in this country does not want their almonds pasteurized,” Nick Koretoff said. “The Europeans are selling unpasteurized almonds in our country and that’s killing us.”

Further court action is under consideration.

“We want to look at this very closely to see if there are grounds for continuing this legal battle,” Fantle said. “The judge was most interested in whether process had been properly followed. It’s unclear to me to what degree this addressed our fundamental concern about the authority of the Almond Board to even invoke this kind of food safety regulation, whatever the process.”

Purity Organics has complied with pasteurization requirements, Steve Koretoff said.

“We’re looking for a home for additional product,” he added. “We’ve been successful in expanding our market outside the U.S. to places not considered traditional almond markets. Organic is catching on in other parts of the world. But it took us a couple rough years.”

He declined to identify those overseas markets.


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Natalie Rothgarden    
Chicago, IL  |  January, 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM

It's unfortunate that Californian's can't sell their raw food products. I agree that it's an unfair playing field. There should be a way to set up some regulations so there won't be worries of outbreaks from raw foods. The raw food movement is growing, and people want their raw foods. They know they can get perfectly high quality raw almonds, why why should the producers if Caifornia not have the option of providing that? Check out my raw review blog at rawfoodland.com!

Bill Lachenal    
London England  |  May, 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Soak raw almonds in jar one. Soak pasteurised almonds in jar two. Let rest for a week. Show to judge.

Chris G    
Boston MA  |  May, 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM

Sad how I need another adult to tell me how to eat - as if I could not read a label. A is pasteurized B is not -

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