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They want to start pasteurizing almonds and still call them raw!
Please read info below and sign petition.

Starting in August or September of 2007, raw almonds available in the USA, Canada and Mexico, will no longer be "truly raw" due to a mandate passed by the USDA, FDA and the California Almond Board, announcing that all almonds including organic must be pasteurized. Link above:

The problem is the law has been passed with little public input(if any) or notification whatsoever. In addition all pasteurized almonds available in the marketplace will still be labeled as raw almonds. Can this be considered fraudulence or an out right lie? Are you willing to give up your food freedom choices?

The primary reasons for passing this law are two isolated outbreaks of salmonella, in conjunction with conventional almond farms a few years ago. To the best of our knowledge no salmonella outbreaks have EVER been associated with organic almonds.

Within the past 10 years tomatoes, spinach, green onions, peanuts, grapes, melons, lettuce, and sprouts have all been linked to salmonella outbreaks. Does that mean we should eliminate all fresh produce? Absolutely not!!!

Almonds, the heartbeat of all nuts, literally, have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease, a rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few . These amazing and life enhancing health benefits, will be devastatingly reduced if not completely eliminated in the pasteurization process. Three of the potential suggested methods of pasteurization are:

-Propylene oxide(PPO) fumigation(propylene oxide was also used as an insecticidal fumigant till 1988 when its registration was terminated. California prop.65 rates PPO as a carcinogen. Cited from www.mbow.org)

-High heat(which degrades the integrity of the nuts and enzyme structure).

-Steam pasteurization (will also further devalue the nutrients, enzyme activity and antioxidants.)

This is a call to all those who care about their health, we need to join forces by bringing this to the attention of everyone from the mass media to the common consumer before it goes any further than almonds! It is our basic right to choose unprocessed foods! We have created a petition that we will present to the California Almond Board, the FDA and the USDA. Go to www.livingnutz.com and click on the almond pasteurization petition link on the front of our page and sign your name as well as your state, town, and zipcode. E-mail us at [email protected] with any other questions, media relations, ideas or information you may have relevant to this cause.

To sign the petition, click here!
 

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If there is absolutely and utterly no risk of salmonella with any raw almond as you claim then why the legislation?
 

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Any food has a risk. Look at the peanut butter recall. I'll bet Peter Pan peanut butter was not kept in a raw state, yet still got contaminated. It's just ridiculous to do this because, really, how often do you hear about raw almonds causing people to get sick? It's ridiculous.
 

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Then why are the bringing it in? The legislative council must have some kind of reason, surely.
 

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If there is absolutely and utterly no risk of salmonella with any raw almond as you claim then why the legislation?
It isn't my petition. I am just spreading the word.
But there was a raw almond salmonella outbreak about four years ago apparently (yeah, I don't remember it either but here is an article from 2004http://www.marlerclark.com/news/almonds7.htm) and they are freaking out about it and doing this.

But regardless, I would think all foodies (esp. veg*ns) would agreee that they do not like their food being fooled around with (esp by the government) so if anything people should have an objection to that. I mean, what will they do next? I shutter to think.

Another thing that worries me is what if they decide one day to do this with ALL raw nuts - I, for one, would have a very hard time with no raw nuts to eat.
 

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That's the thing.. if this passes, where will they stop?

It would be good business for them to prevent people from eating real food. The disease care system would be booming even moreso then it already is.
 

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Originally Posted by RawVeganMom View Post

That's the thing.. if this passes, where will they stop?

It would be good business for them to prevent people from eating real food. The disease care system would be booming even moreso then it already is.
I agree completely!
 

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We are trying to organize a "blitz" to protest against the raw almond issue. It will be on this coming Monday April 30th from 9 am to Noon.

Please read the information in this link:

http://rawfood.meetup.com/222/messag...thread=2994835

All you have to do is take two seconds to send an email to help out. The letter is already written out for you. Hopefully, this will do some good.
 

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Originally Posted by queenfluff View Post

We are trying to organize a "blitz" to protest against the raw almond issue. It will be on this coming Monday April 30th from 9 am to Noon.

Please read the information in this link:

http://rawfood.meetup.com/222/messag...thread=2994835

All you have to do is take two seconds to send an email to help out. The letter is already written out for you. Hopefully, this will do some good.
This is a great idea.
 
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