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220K people (including Giada DeLaurentiis) tell the FDA to reign in animal antibiotics

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When the FDA released new guidelines in April on the use of antibiotics in livestock, Americans were given 90 days to tell them what we thought.   By the time the comment period closed last Thursday, July 12, over 220,000 people had already written in to tell the agency:  you can do better. The new guidelines Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, July 16th, 2012 in FDA, Meat without Drugs | 1 Comment »

Superbugs in chicken point to need for antibiotics reform

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Chickens and bladder infections – two things you’d never expect to make headlines together – have captured attention this week after new findings were released showing a link between superbugs in chicken and urinary tract infections (UTIs) in humans that are increasingly tough to treat. The common trait? A strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli that researchers found in both Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, July 13th, 2012 in E. Coli, Food Safety, Meat without Drugs | 2 Comments »

31 companies tell Rep. Slaughter what’s in the beef

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There’s more to your meat than meets the eye, Representative Louse Slaughter wants you to know. The House member from upstate New York sent a survey to 60 grocery stores, restaurant chains, and meat producers this February inquiring about their policies on the use of antibiotics in the production of their meat, and the results Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 in Food Labeling, Livestock without drugs, Meat without Drugs | No Comments »

CU urges grocery stores to sell Meat Without Drugs

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To help combat the declining effectiveness of antibiotics, Consumers Union is launching the Meat Without Drugs campaign calling on grocery stores, starting with Trader Joe’s, to sell only meat raised without antibiotics. A staggering 80% of all antibiotics used in our country are given to livestock to help them grow faster and prevent them from Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 in Meat without Drugs | 12 Comments »

FDA ordered to follow its own orders, 35 years later

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On May 21, the Food and Drug Administration filed an appeal to overturn a decision by a federal court judge ordering the agency to take action on its own 35-year-old proposal that would ban the use of certain antibiotics in animal feed.  If the decision is upheld, FDA will be required to hold hearings to determine Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, June 4th, 2012 in FDA, Livestock without drugs, Meat without Drugs, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

FDA says no to ‘corn sugar’ name

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The FDA today rejected a petition filed two years ago by the Corn Refiners Association to rebrand High Fructose Corn Syrup as ‘corn sugar’. In a letter to the trade group, the FDA states that the association gave insufficient grounds for the name change, and contends that “sugar is a solid, dried, and crystallized food; Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 in FDA, Food Labeling, Food Safety | No Comments »

Why the delay on new food safety rules?

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Scary news for salad eaters this week:  organic baby spinach from California was recalled in 16 states because of Salmonella contamination. It was because of these kinds of pathogens infiltrating our food supply – and in particular two outbreaks associated with spinach and peanut butter that claimed several lives – that the Food Safety Modernization Act was Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, May 25th, 2012 in Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Recalls, Salmonella | 3 Comments »

How safe are the chemicals in your shampoo, toothpaste?

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Each day you and your family interact with dozens of chemicals – in your shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and household cleaners. But did you know that our laws don’t require most of these chemicals to be tested safe? Some 70,000 chemicals are used in consumer products, but only 200 have been safety tested by the Environmental Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 in Household & Office, Product Safety | 1 Comment »

FDA pushes voluntary plan for reducing antibiotics in animal feed

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In a new plan released yesterday, the FDA is asking companies to voluntarily reduce some uses of antibiotics in the raising of livestock. Animals grown for meat are commonly given low doses of antibiotics in their feed and water to help promote growth and prevent the spread of illness in living quarters that are often Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, April 13th, 2012 in FDA, Meat without Drugs | 1 Comment »

Pink slime or just beef? The battle wages on.

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Casting the recent pink slime outrage as a “smear campaign” on a nutritious beef product, the governors of three mega meat-producing states are calling for a rebranding of its image. At a press event last week, the governors of Texas, Iowa and Kansas chowed down on burgers made with lean finely textured beef (aka pink Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 in Food Safety, Meat without Drugs | 3 Comments »
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