Propylene oxide is classified as hazardous to health under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, for its acute toxicity, ability to cause irritation, and its mutagenic and carcinogenic properties.
There is no doubt that almonds were once one of the healthiest foods on Earth; there are many health benefits of almonds. But before you buy almonds today, here is something you should know: most of the almonds sold in the U.S. have been fumigated with propylene oxide, a chemical that even the CDC has admitted causes cancer.
In 2007, it became illegal for raw almonds to be sold in the U.S. What brought about this law was an outbreak of Salmonella in Canada that was traced back to an almond grower in California. The California Department of Health Services stepped in to help this grower increase the safety of his almonds, and that appeared to be the end of it.
But a second surprising outbreak of Salmonella occurred shortly after, and several government agencies got together to mandate treatment so there would be no more Salmonella outbreaks. If you are thinking how strange it is that Salmonella would occur in something as dry as almonds, you are not alone.
Check out our pages on food additives or search for related articles under ‘categories’. It is so important to check what is in your food nowadays … check where it is sourced from. Preferably buy organic. Everything is super-treated to eliminate bugs and the like, with scant regard it seems to the effects of the treatments. Dying from the bugs and bacteria is more easily linked to the cause I suspect, than dying from long slow cumulative poisoning by chemicals. This is the nature of corporations. With their bevies of well paid lawyers they always have an out. Their concern is profits not people.