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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 oil
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.
In issuing the Almond Rule, the USDA has completely
overstepped its legal authority. The rule actually expands the USDA’s powers
without congressional authorization, allowing the agency to mandate how dairy,
fruit, vegetables, nuts, and animals are processed—something they have never before
been allowed to do. Tell USDA to stop overstepping its legal bounds, and send a
copy of your message to Congress!
Please personalize your message if you have the time!
USDA's "Almond Rule" Violates the Agency's Congressional Authority
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]