Nuts are serious business these days. Since a qualified health claim was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003, nut consumption has skyrocketed and the tasty seeds have become a key ingredient in many healthful foods. That's why there's been so much interest in the different types of pasteurization being used on almonds, now that they have to be sanitized as part of a salmonella reduction initiative that took effect Sept. 1. For conventional growers, the choices are simple. ...

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