Ongoing Almond Row Reopens Pasteurization Debate

SAN FRANCISCO This summer's court victory by a group of small-scale farmers is raising hope among natural food retailers and raw food enthusiasts that unpasteurized almonds grown in the United States may one day again be available to consumers. The farmers recently won an appeal in their continuing challenge to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's almond pasteurization regulations, which were enacted

SAN FRANCISCO — This summer's court victory by a group of small-scale farmers is raising hope among natural food retailers and raw food enthusiasts that unpasteurized almonds grown in the United States may one day again be available to consumers.

The farmers recently won an appeal in their continuing challenge to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's almond pasteurization regulations, which were enacted in September 2007 after a series of salmonella outbreaks traced back to the

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