TRUST • COMMITMENT • QUALITY
From our farms to your store shelves, California walnuts are handled with
great care and attention to bring our customers and consumers the best
quality product. For more than a century, the California walnut industry
has earned a reputation for producing the highest quality walnuts in the
world while maintaining an exceptional food safety record.
It all starts at the farm, with growers setting the stage for producing a
wholesome product by following established best practices, known as
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). With the 2017 harvest underway,
walnuts are shaken from the trees and quickly processed, adhering to,
if not exceeding, standards set by the United States Food and Drug
The California walnut industry has been a leader in ensuring food safety
through continuous investment in education, training and research. And
while it helps that walnuts, in addition to being rich in beneficial omega- 3
fatty acids, are also naturally protected by two layers of a hull and a shell
that significantly reduce the possibility of contamination, there is no
substitute for due diligence and effective food safety, sanitation and safe
product handling practices while growing and handling walnuts through
the supply chain.
In preparation for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including
the Produce Safety Rule for growers, the industry has been proactively
training walnut growers on reducing the risk of food borne illnesses.
Furthermore, several of the walnut handlers voluntarily undergo rigorous
GMP and GFSI audits to demonstrate their commitment to food safety
and quality. With over $2.1 million invested in food safety research
projects for nearly a decade, our industry is committed to solid science
to protect our customers and consumers. And this is evidenced by the
excellent food safety track record of the California walnut industry.
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SUPPORTING GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES