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Almond Pasteurization

Q: Have you ever heard of any issues with companies pasteurizing “raw” almonds on the shared equipment with potential non-kosher?

A: The two common methods of pasteurizing raw almonds without cooking/roasting them are fumigating with propylene oxide and steaming. There is some heat used in these processes but we’ve confirmed with people involved in almond production and certification that the nature of the almond industry is such that the processes are done on equipment which is dedicated to almonds (or other innocuous fruits and vegetables), and therefore does not pose a kashrus concern.