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Stop the pasteurizing of almonds with PPO

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PPO is a verified carcinogen that is highly flammable, with fumes that are  hazardous to a human being’s personal health.

The EPA has declared PPO a carcinogenic chemical that is responsible for neurological, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and immune system dysfunctions, as well as liver disease.   The European Union, Mexico and Canada have all banned the use of this toxic chemical in anything to do with our food.


PPO, a “probable human carcinogen,” is an extremely volatile liquid now used in the production of polyurethane plastics.

The USDA's Almond Rule, issued in 2007, ordered all almond growers to "sterilize" almonds in one of several ways: heat them using steam, roast or blanch them, or treat them with propylene oxide (PPO). These are all poor options -- PPO is a "probable human carcinogen" according to the EPA, and roasting, blanching, and steaming completely cook the nuts, so they are no longer raw. Calling such almonds "raw" is therefore misleading -- they are actually cooked or chemically treated.

More to the point, in issuing the Almond Rule, the USDA has completely overstepped its legal authority. The rule actually expands the USDA's powers, allowing the agency to mandate how dairy, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and animals are processed -- something the agency has never before been allowed to do. The USDA is legally allowed to establish minimum standards for farm products based on grade, size, or quality; they can say, for example, that "Almonds must be free of salmonella." But the Almond Rule changed all that, allowing USDA to claim it can mandate how that outcome is achieved (e.g., "Almonds must be made salmonella-free via one of the following pasteurization processes...").

Important as the almond issue is, the bigger issue is that USDA is exceeding its congressionally mandated authority. USDA should act solely within its legal parameters.




Further more, PPO has been linked to cancer

"The potential for propylene oxide to produce cancer in humans has not been determined. However, the results of studies in animals fulfill the criteria in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Cancer Policy [Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1990.112] for classifying a substance as a potential occupational carcinogen. niosh therefore recommends that propylene oxide be regarded as a potential occupational carcinogen and that occupational exposure be reduced to the lowest feasible concentration."


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