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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:14 am 
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Some have posted their concern about the tree nuts being placed loose in the produce section of grocery stores. Could the experts address this concern in a future issue of the magazine? Do we have to be concerned about the shells of tree nuts touching fresh produce, or leaving behind traces that could affect the produce later placed in that section of the store? Your consideration for answering this question would be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:27 pm 
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If you look closely at the nuts, you will notice that many of them have been cracked open. The "nut" part is often loose too. I am assuming that the majority of the nuts not in shells are cracked open during shipping. Pistachios are particularily bad because the shells are never fully closed. Peanut shells crush and break and the peanuts fall out easily too.

When I was at the store last weekend, near the walnut display, there were broken shells, and loose nuts all over the floor. There were many loose walnuts (not in shell) in the display as well, even though a walnut shell is quite hard.

I am also interested in hearing what an allergist has to say about this.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:17 pm 
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Could one of you please frame this as a question? Should be direct - eg. no more than 2 short sentences.

Thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:49 pm 
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Loose bulk nuts are often placed in the produce department, the shells can crack open and nuts end up everywhere. Is there a risk of cross contamination if these nuts touch my other produce, or produce is placed in the same display area without being washed?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:15 am 
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Great!
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Dory


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