Food Safety The U.S. peanut industry voluntarily implements extensive safety protocols to ensure a safe food supply and invests in research to eliminate food allergies. Standards to Safety U.S. peanuts are inspected multiple times — by growers, USDA and manufacturers — before they reach consumers. Learn about safety standards on the USDA website. Read about inspection laws in the 2002 Farm Bill. Envisioning a World Without Food Allergies The groundbreaking LEAP Study discovered that introducing peanut products to infants early can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy by up to 86 percent 1% the true percentage of Americans with a peanut allergy Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the US determined by a random digit-dial telephone survey. (J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1999 Apr;103(4):559-62.) 24% the percentage of Americans that people incorrectly believe have a peanut allergy The Bantam Group. Allergy and School Bans/Restrictions, 2013 Consumer Study Over the past 16 years, The National Peanut Board has led the fight to solve food allergies like no other commodity board. Through its efforts, America’s Peanut Farmers have earmarked more than $25 million to food allergy research, education and outreach. Feed The Future Through the University of Georgia’s Feed the Future Program: Farmers in Ghana are testing new post-harvest methods to prevent aflatoxin development in peanuts. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring fungal toxin found in everyday environments. Aflatoxins can occur in crops and food products like corn, peanuts, cottonseed, tree nuts and many more. For peanuts to be certified as meeting edible quality grade standards, their aflatoxin content must be 15 parts per billion (ppb) or less. Thanks to programs like this, researchers are learning how to deal with crop stressors and are boosting domestic production research with new data. To date, there has never been an outbreak of human illness from aflatoxins in the U.S. National Cancer Institute Bad Bug Book The Future of Food “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Gold Standard definition of sustainable development, set by the U.N. Brundtland Commission By 2050, the world population will be 9 billion Currently, 795 million people don’t have enough food Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined Malnutrition kills 5.9 million young children each year Water-efficient, nutrient- and energy-dense crops like peanuts are the key to saving lives now and meeting the food supply and nutrition demands of the future. Read more about what peanuts are doing for the hungry here.