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DV User Application
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DV Users Roles and Responsibilities

The DV User Program recognizes that many customers in North America, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico, who are receiving untreated almonds directly from handlers have manufacturing processes in place which will provide an appropriate pasteurization treatment. A manufacturer who wishes to purchase untreated almonds directly from handlers must submit an application to the Almond Board of California (ABC), using ABC Form 52; have an established treatment process or processes that achieve, in total, a minimum 4-log reduction of Salmonella bacteria; and be approved by the ABC Technical Expert Review Panel (TERP) prior to receiving untreated almonds. Once approved, the DV user will be subject to an audit within two months of initiating treatments, and then at least annually. Both audits will be conducted by an ABC approved DV auditor at the DV user’s expense.

DV user status approval may be revoked by the TERP for cause. The DV user may appeal the TERP’s decision to ABC, and, ultimately, to USDA. Information for appeals will be provided, upon request; DV users must be prepared to: (1) identify the manufacturing locations where treatment will occur; (2) have their treatment technology and equipment validated by an ABC-approved process authority initially and revalidated any time the technology or equipment has been modified with regard to time, temperature, or volume; (3) maintain all records regarding validation and verification of treatment methods, processing, and product traceability for two years, and make such records available for review by the ABC; and (4) ship untreated almonds (due, for example, to a manufacturer overbuying) to a handler, to another approved DV user, to locations outside the U.S., Canada, or Mexico (containers must remain identified with the term “unpasteurized”), or dispose of such almonds in non-edible channels. Detailed information will be provided, upon request.

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