From the American Association of Health Freedom
Like many, AAHF was appalled by the recent USDA decision that all raw almonds sold as of September 1, 2007 would have to be pasteurized (including organic almonds) while still be labeled as “raw”. Watch our PSA!
The new protocols require all raw almonds grown and sold in North America to be pasteurized, thereby killing off any wayward bacteria. How? By quick-steaming the nuts, or spraying them with propylene oxide (PPO), a chemical so nasty that it was banned by both the National Hot Rod and American Motorcycle Racing Associations, where it had been used as a fuel before being deemed too dangerous. PPO is also a carcinogen. For these and other reasons, most countries, including the EU, ban imported nuts treated with PPO.
We have joined with the Organic Consumers Association and the Cornucopia Institute among other groups to make a change.
We are currently working with Congress to address this issue and requesting the USDA to do a minimum 180-day suspension for a full review and to reopen public comments. We will also be asking for an organic exemption as well as truth in labeling.
For more see: Organic Consumers Association - "USDA Demand that Raw Almonds Be Pasteurized Drives Consumers Nuts"