Cashew nut prices will be ‘uncanned’ as a response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on importation, according to an industry group.
Cashew nuts have become a hot commodity in recent years as consumers worldwide have begun to opt for higher-fiber alternatives like almonds, pistachios and flax seeds.
Cashews have been grown and processed for decades and have become an increasingly popular nut for people looking to avoid gluten, an ingredient in many popular processed foods.
The U.K.-based industry group American Cashew Nut Council said the move would affect more than 5,000 varieties, including varieties grown in the United States and imported from Australia and China.
The Council said it was in talks with the FDA to help ensure the industry’s safety.
It said it planned to file an application to the FDA with the U and U.N. Food Safety Authority for certification as cashew nut products.
The FDA has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The United States is one of several countries that import most of the nuts sold in the U, including the cashew, almonds and flake varieties.
The Food and Drugs Administration has approved about 30 varieties of cashew and other nuts from other countries for use as an ingredient.
It’s the latest step in a long line of attempts by the FDA and the Food and Health Organization to regulate the importation of these nuts.
The ban on imported nuts comes as the Us. and other countries are grappling with an outbreak of coronavirus, a coronaviruses such as COVID-19 that causes severe illness, paralysis, brain damage and death.
The country has recorded about 7,600 deaths and 1.6 million infections.