In 2007, a law mandating pasteurization for all U.S. almonds was passed. Some of these pasteurized almonds can be sold as “raw,” which is deceptive and wrong in my opinion, but legal nonetheless. A consumer can apparently get around this rule by either buying truly raw almonds from abroad, or buying truly raw almonds in bulk from a U.S. almond farm. I buy mine from Briden Wilson Farm. I have purchased several 10lb boxes of raw, organically grown almonds from them, and I have no complaints.