The Pre-Export Check (PEC) Program, which builds on and replaces the Voluntary Aflatoxin Sampling Plan (VASP) program, is almost here! Beginning Aug. 1, the PEC program will be live.
“Shark Week” is one of television’s longest-running summer TV programs. The 28th year of this pop culture icon is marked with first-ever California Almonds advertising.
As dust appears in an almond orchard during harvest, so can the concerns of neighbors, and anyone else near an orchard.
Even with the use of bin liners, bins should still be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before harvest.
The California Almond industry became only the third U.S. commodity to qualify for Pre-Export Checks (PEC) when the EU voted to recognize the PEC program for California Almonds in April 2014.
Water and its efficient use in almonds topped discussion at the 11th annual Almond Board Environmental Stewardship Tour on May 8 in Firebaugh.
This year’s Almond Quality and Food Safety Symposium began with a new twist to the program; the first talk of the day was given by Richard Waycott, president and CEO of the Almond Board of California (ABC).
Online registration for The Almond Conference, the premier event dedicated entirely to almonds, is now available at AlmondConference.com.
Last month, the International Tree Nut and Dried Fruit Organization (INC) membership gathered for its annual meeting, this year in Antalya, Turkey. INC Chairman Giles Hacking, INC Executive Director Goretti Guasch and conference host Cuneyd Zapsu did a superb job of organizing the meeting at the gargantuan Mediterranean Rixos Sungate resort.
When stockpiling almonds becomes necessary before processing, care must be taken to protect the harvest from various sources of contamination, such as vertebrate pests, insects and bacteria.

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