USA Peanuts: wholesome and safe
In an increasingly competitive global environment, the U.S. peanut industry is devoted to providing the highest possible quality products to domestic and international consumers. U.S. peanut processors follow some of the most stringent food safety practices to ensure that consistency, safety and quality are present in every aspect of USA peanut production.
And as an industry, we continue to improve our food safety knowledge and practices. For instance, in the last two years, the U.S. peanut industry has collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration and Centers of Disease Control to bring the latest information on food safety practices to our industry. We’re also conducting research to better understand and improve thermal inactivation processes to reduce the risk of contaminants even further. It is a complex process – but we are constantly improving.
Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. Food can transmit disease from person to person as well as serve as a growth medium for bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
The 2009 revision of the U.S. peanut industry’s Good Management Practices (GMP’s) demonstrates the industry’s commitment to providing safe, wholesome and nutritious peanuts and peanut products to the worldwide consumer. This document is designed to provide guidance to all segments of the peanut industry - from farm to factory. In the increasingly competitive global environment, the U.S. peanut industry is dedicated to providing the highest possible quality products to domestic and international consumers.