UPDATED:  Blue Diamond Growers told Food Safety News that 100 percent of the potentially impacted whole brown almonds involved in the recall were recovered.  Additionally, the almonds were to be used as ingredients in food manufacturing and were not used in Blue Diamond branded consumer products. 

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environment, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed a process to kill germs on almonds and nuts by using compressed carbon dioxide to decontaminate food.

The advantage of this process is that almonds retain their characteristic flavor and quality, according to the research report.
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One in every five air samples in almond orchards adjacent to a poultry operation tested positive for E. coli during a two-year study published recently.

“Microorganisms Move a Short Distance into an Almond Orchard from an Adjacent Upwind Poultry Operation” comes as romaine growers continue to study the impact of
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European officials have evaluated the way the United States controls microbiological contamination in food of non-animal origin that is destined for Europe.

The review by DG Sante, the European Commission’s unit for food safety and health, found there are no specific microbiological hazard control procedures for exports of almonds, leafy
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Hampton Farms has expanded its recall of Ava’s brand cashews and almonds, distributed for retail sale in New Jersey, because its nut supplier Hudson Valley Foods Inc. found Listeria monocytogenes in its processing plant in Highland, NY.

generic cashews almondsHampton Farms used the nuts from Hudson Valley Farms in Ava’s branded organic
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GoMacro is recalling a limited number of MacroBars and Thrive Bars in the U.S. and Canada because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

recalled Gomacro granola barsThe company’s almond supplier notified GoMacro on Wednesday that an ingredient in specific MacroBars and Thrive Bars could be contaminated, according to the recall notice on
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Marin Food Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA, is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds) sold at Whole Foods Markets due to potentially elevated levels of the natural chemical hydrogen cyanide, according to laboratory test results. The almonds were labeled as “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Italy”
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