AU: Making sure your nuts are sterile
Food Processing: Nuts, grains, spices and seeds were once considered low risk from a food safety perspective. As they had a low moisture content it was assumed they would not support microbial growth, but Salmonella can survive on nuts and E.coli in non-heat-treated flour. Making matters worse, both Salmonella and E. coli are pathogenic at such low doses that sampling and testing cannot guarantee that products are not contaminated.
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