Almond industry seeks exemption from food safety rule

11/21/2013 09:12:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Only small-scale growers who gross less than $25,000 annually and grow only for their own consumption or for sales at roadside stands are exempt.

“This provides an equivalent set of procedures that also provides the level of consumer protection that the FDA is concerned about,” Adams said. “FSMA doesn’t recognize what’s happening here.”

The pasteurization requirement was an amendment to the federal almond marketing order the industry backed after two salmonella outbreaks were tied to raw almonds in 2003 and 2004.

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