“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.