Processing Safe Product

Consumers around the world enjoy a consistently high-quality product in California Almonds. The industry’s quality control programs have played a key role in helping almonds to become a “Nut of Choice.” Consumers expect safe food, and this section will provide tips and resources to help maintain and exceed those consumer expectations.



The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. Almond processors are required to comply with FSMA rules, as relevant to each part of the operation. 

Almond processors and some huller/shellers are covered by Preventive Controls (PC) for human food, which went into effect September 2016 for large operations. Covered operations must establish and implement a food safety system that includes an analysis of hazards and implementation of risk-based preventive controls. 

Depending on the nature of your operations, additional FSMA rules may apply to you, such as Preventive Controls for Animal Food, Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals and Intentional Adulteration.

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