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Almond growers in California may soon be allowed to sell raw, unpasteurized almonds following a ruling by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.
In 2007 the Department of Agriculture said almonds grown in the United States must be chemically treated or pasteurized before sale following a salmonella outbreak. Farmers felt this ruling made it impossible to sell raw almonds in the United States although the sales of the item was not illegal. A number of California producers files a complaint against the United States Department of Agriculture over the ruling. Producers felt the United States Department of Agriculture was overstepping their authoritative boundaries by putting this rule into effect.
The courts found that California almond growers had less of an advantage in the market towards foreign growers due to this decision and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1937 did not stop almond producers from “obtaining judicial review of the 2007 rule.”
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