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Offline WakeUP

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Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« on: April 17, 2007, 03:56:10 PM »
So, I was at TJ's today, and what I saw confirmed what I had read, although I thought it wouldn't be implemented until September:  "Raw" almonds in the nut section, and the TJ label on the shelf said, "Raw, but pasteurized" or something to that effect.  So the Orwellian reality is starting to come to fruition: We are now being sold products that we think are raw, but have in fact been heated enough to destroy their essential life enzymes and nutrients.  Supposedly for our 'protection'.  BS.

check out:
for the story, if you haven't heard.

also interesting that when I looked on the label, it said simply, "Almonds" instead of "Raw Almonds" or "100% Raw Almonds".  I guess they couldn't get away with the lie in the ingredient list as well, but no matter since most people don't read labels anyway.  Tell all of your Raw Vegan friends...


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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007, 01:37:47 PM »
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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2007, 02:32:50 PM »
Word, done.  Thanks!

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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2007, 02:45:19 AM »
I was at the farmer's market on Saturday in Oakland, and I spoke with one of the vendors of raw almonds.  She assured me that there would still be true (non-pasturized) raw almonds available at the farmer's markets.  It is still a good idea to ask each individual vendor just to be sure.

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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2007, 02:52:57 PM »
I found a good place to get organic almonds. They are cheaper than my local store by $5.00 per lb. I bought 2 5 lb vacuum sealed bags from them. They are 100% organic and raw. They post on their on-line store that they are CCOE and “Raw Nuts Not-Pasteurized, Not Roasted, All Natural, No Salt”

Their website is

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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2007, 01:26:04 PM »
I contacted the grower on this issue and they said they are asked about this quite a bit. They referred me to a link in their FAQ section. Go to
and click on the “Are your Almonds Pasteurized” question.

I found it very informative. You will find that they are in the heat of this battle and are passionately on the side of keeping almonds raw.

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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2007, 10:29:25 AM »
More places to take action:

Mandatory Almond Pasteurization In US & Canada In 2007 - Please
Posted by: Dave Klein - Moderator (IP Logged)
Date: March 27, 2007 06:54AM

Mandatory Almond Pasteurization In US & Canada In 2007 - Please
Take Action

*All Almonds will be Pasteurized starting 2007!

No label allowing "truly raw almonds"

Almonds labeled as "Raw Almonds" will still have been pasteurized!

A big lie and fraud!! You are about to be denied your food freedom choices!

Did you know that starting in the fall of 2007, truly raw almonds will
not be available in the USA or Canada? See link below for the
pasteurization plan.


The FDA, USDA and the California Almond Board has developed a marketing
order which mandates that all almonds must be pasteurized. This came
about because " two outbreaks of salmonella, associated with
conventional farms several years ago". Industry has now overreacted in
grand fashion and they do not even know it yet.

No outbreaks have been associated with raw organic almonds to date that
we are aware of.

This has everything to do with lack of biodiversity and the sterile
farming methods used on conventional farms. On these farms few weeds or
grasses grow on the floors and little sunlight reaches the floors. To
the contrary, Organic farms support and encourage biodiversity with
green floors in the orchards and this discourages pathogen growth.
Unfortunately, organic almonds are shelled and bagged on the same
production facilities as conventional and are being subjected to the
same rules.

There is an even bigger issue. The FDA has decided not to tell the
consumer the truth about this processing step. The almonds you will buy
in Wholefoods this fall may still say "raw almonds but they will have
been subjected to high heat and a five log kill step...that they are
calling Pasteurization". This lie is being permitted by the marketing

The FDA in association with the USDA and the Almond Board is in fact
denying you the information required to make informed choices when you
buy food. You will not be able to identify a pasteurized almond from a
truly raw whole, enzyme rich, unprocessed almond.

The almond board claims that the almonds will still sprout ( still some
life in them ) and that the flavor does not change. But yet no research
has been performed to see what kind of opportunistic bacteria will take
over when the almond has been sterilized. It is not a whole natural food
anymore. It will now be a processed food. Millions of dollars are being
invested to install expensive pasteurization machines in all Almond
plants in order to follow this "sterile foods are better foods edict".

Demand that your source of organic raw almonds be exempted from this
short sighted food safety debacle.

Demand that a label be permitted that identifies "truly raw almonds" and
if required even put a warning label on them. Also demand that
pasteurized almonds be identified as well. It seems that every time a
government warning is applied to a food, that in itself becomes a
certification that that is the food you should eat.

It is very clear that the FDA does not understand the origins of the
massive immune depression epidemic in America. A sterilized diet makes
for a weakened immune system. FDA website
[] explains antibiotic
resistance quite well, but ignorantly and blindly never mentions
pro-biotics which prevent disease and infections. Whole unprocessed
living foods are in this category of foods.

*Weakened immune systems are associated directly with cancer,
osteoporosis, asthma, allergies, Crohns, IBS, Colitis, GERD, chronic
disease ,infections, antibiotic use and resistance and human death,
Ulcers and the list goes on and on.

*Raw almonds are a wonder food just as they are. Let consumers make the
informed choice and be responsible for the consequences.

The almond farmers do not even know what they have been led into by the
FDA. This consumer choice option will surely increase almond sales.

Denial of a choice will be a marketing disaster.

Freedom is lost gradually... bit by bit and bite by bite... with the
great assistance of passive unconscious in activism and sheepish.

You are conscious and aware of this path. Lets fight today and send a
message. We must have unprocessed food choices.

These are the people to contact....please fax, call or email them and
1. A true almond label that states clearly that " almonds have been
2. A second consumer choice label that warns that the "almonds are
raw and unprocessed".
3. That you will not tolerate the pasteurization of your almonds
and having them still labeled as a "raw almond". That this is a fraud
and a lie.
4. Tell them that the proposed marketing order denies consumers of
freedom to identify and choose whole unprocessed foods.

Marketing Committee Members
Scott Hunter, Chairman
Hunter Farms
12237 Rose Avenue
Livingston, CA 95334
Work: (209) 564-9991
Fax: (209) 394-8007

Dan Cummings, Vice Chairman
Cummings-Violich, Inc.
1750 Dayton Road
Chico, CA 95928
Work: (530) 894-5494
Fax: (530) 891-4946

Stacey Humble, Associate Director, Global Marketing

John O'Shaughnessy
Blue Diamond Growers
1802 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Work: (916) 446-8576
Fax: (916) 446-8461

Susan Brauner
Blue Diamond Growers
1802 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Work: (916) 446-8354
Fax: (916) 325-2880

Board of Directors of the California Almond Board

Chairman David Phippen
13909 Leroy Ave.
Ripon, CA 95366 (209) 599-6111 (209) 599-4008 fax

Vice Chair Doug Youngdahl
Blue Diamond Growers P.O. Box 1768
Sacramento, CA 95812 (916) 446-8595 (916) 329-3320 fax

Member Susan Brauner
Blue Diamond Growers P.O. Box 1768
Sacramento, CA 95812 (916) 446-8354 (916) 325-2880 fax

Member Wil Hunter
Hunter Farms 1621 N. Lincoln
Livingston, CA 95334 (209) 277-5840 (209) 394-8007 fax

Member Christine Long
Hilltop Ranch, Inc. 13890 Looney Rd.
Ballico, CA 95303 (209) 874-1875 (209) 874-1877 fax

Member Mike Mason
Panoche Creek Packing 15810 Arabella Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93312 (661) 746-7877 (661) 746-7875 fax

Member Dean Nelson
Sierra Valley Almonds, LLC 12800 W. Shields Ave. Kerman, CA
93630 (559) 280-2148 (559) 843-9010 fax

Member Dan Cummings
Cummings-Violich, Inc. 1750 Dayton Road
Chico, CA 95928 (530) 894-5494 (530) 891-4946 fax

Member Rick Kindle
Gold Hills Nut Co., Inc. 11805 Newport Rd.
Ballico, CA 95303 (209) 634-2022 (209) 634-0407 fax

Member Doug Wells
16508 W. River Rd.
Livingston, CA 95334 (209) 394-7246

Our postal address is
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Washington, District of Columbia 20016
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Offline perib110

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Re: Pasteurized "Raw" Almonds
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2010, 04:58:38 PM »
Hello! New student here. The Almonds issue is still current & Cornucopia Institute is still fighting the legal battle on our behalf. There was a small victory in August! PLease visit their website to learn more & take action.
 Our consumer rights for food choices are at stake. I have worked at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative for many years. A Cornucopia Institute representative came & spoke with us back in 2007 when this began. I am dismayed that years later, the original CA Almond board has been upheld. I heard from our Bulk food department that Hazelnuts are next! Farmer's markets are my #1 place to shop for food. Rainbow co-op started as a place for folks to get affordable, local, quality, healthy food. Rainbow currently has the option of selling steam pasteurized almonds or raw almonds from Spain. So absurd considering California is one of the largest (if not THE largest) Almond grower in the world. This issue is so important on so many levels.
Regards, Peri