Food Safety

Food Safety is critically important to the California Walnut Industry. California Walnuts are grown and processed under strict quality control standards in order to deliver a high quality product for you and your family to enjoy year round.

The California Walnut Industry has earned a reputation for producing the highest quality walnuts in the world while maintaining an exceptional food safety record for a century.  California Walnuts are grown, harvested, and processed following strict Federal and State food safety regulations.  Our finished product often exceeds quality standards set by the USDA.

Walnut growers set the stage for producing a safe, wholesome product by following established “Best Practices” in the Orchards known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s).  During development, walnuts are uniquely protected by nature.  Unlike most tree nuts, walnuts have both a protective hull and shell, which encase and help protect the kernel.  Throughout the shelling process, rules established by the FDA called Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), are stringently followed.  These practices ensure walnuts are produced under the cleanest manufacturing conditions. 

The California Walnut industry continually invests in food safety training and food safety research projects.  Since 2009, the California Walnut Board has spent more than $2.2 million on food safety training and research activities.