The FunFresh cocoa nibs product recently recalled for possible contamination with E. Coli 0157:H7 was labeled as "raw." Cocoa beans are a raw agricultural commodity with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and other pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria, E. Coli and Staphylococcusas. A validated kill step, such as roasting, is required to process cocoa beans in order to eliminate these pathogens.
NCA has partnered with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association to promote educational materials about how to safely process cocoa and chocolate to manufacturers of "bean-to-bar" and "raw" cocoa and chocolate products. Educational materials can be found at candyusa.com. (NCA Chocolate Safety Webinar Series)
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