Processed to purity
At this facility, the in-shell nuts
undergo a series of controlled processes and inspections which ensure
that poor quality nuts can be eliminated at several points in the
First they are inspected for mold, then quickly dried
at 131 C before undergoing a moisture test. Then the nuts (still in
their shells) are steamed at 40 psi for 10 seconds to clean and
sterilize the outer layers. Then the nuts are shelled and graded. Only
the best quality nuts are allowed to proceed.
oxidation of the nuts, only whole nuts are destined for direct
consumption. Nuts that break during the shelling process are separated
for use in oil making.
At this point, the nuts are dried a
final time, before undergoing thorough chemical testing for aflatoxins.
Then they are vacuum packed and shipped to a more complete processing
facility in Lima. There, the nuts are weighed, moisture tested (again),
and sorted (again) to divert broken nuts for oil production. All nuts
undergo a final steam decontamination (48 seconds at 177 C) before
cooling and final testing for microbes and aflatoxins.