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.
Good Manufacturing Practices overview
According to the Voluntary Code of Good Manufacturing Practices, the peanut product processor is responsible for the wholesomeness and safety of finished food products. Both the consumer and the FDA (by law) are to hold the manufacturer completely accountable for the quality of manufactured products.
The U.S. peanut industry has identified eight critical areas where manufactures must ensure the Good Manufacturing Practices are followed. They are:
- Personnel Practices
- Facility Design and Maintenance
- Sanitary Operations
- Pest Control
- Receiving Practices
- Peanut Storage
- Processing Operations
- Product Testing
"Through the U.S. peanut industry’s adherence to stringent government regulations ensuring food safety and quality, decades of thorough research, and continuously integrating innovative technologies, the U.S. peanut industry is able to deliver the highest-quality peanuts.”
– Patrick Archer, Past President, American Peanut Council