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Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 in Arsenic, Food Safety | 1 Comment »

Op-ed: Trader Joe’s should only sell meat without drugs

Check out our op-ed that ran today in Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, in honor of the new Trader Joe’s store that opened there last week. The piece talks about the absence of leadership from Congress or the FDA to ban the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed, and discusses our Meat Without Drugs campaign that’s urging Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 in Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

CU responds to inaccurate statement in NY Times organic article

A New York Times article covering the recently-released study on organic food discussed the finding that organic meat contained lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional meat did, but went on to state that “bacteria, antibiotic-resistant or otherwise, would be killed during cooking.” If this were true, says Consumers Union’s Jean Halloran in a Letter to Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, September 10th, 2012 in Food Safety, Meat without Drugs, Organics, Salmonella | Comments Off

Uproar over organic

A new study released this week has caused a panic over organic, with news coverage blaring headlines calling into question the health benefits of organically produced foods. The report, produced by Stanford University researchers, looked at data from 240 studies comparing organic and conventional samples of produce and meat, and concluded that there is a Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 in Meat without Drugs, Organics, Pesticides | 1 Comment »

400,000 demand Trader Joe’s give up antibiotic-fed meat

Look for these labels to ensure your meat was raised without antibiotics: Organic No antibiotics, Raised without antibiotics, and other similar claims Not to be trusted: Natural. This claim is meaningless with regard to whether or not the animal was given antibiotics. For more details, click here. We’re dubbing these past few months the ‘Summer Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, August 24th, 2012 in Meat without Drugs | 21 Comments »

Toddler’s tainted meat scare prompts mom to fight antibiotics in meat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2012 CONTACT: Pulin Modi, Senior Campaigner,, (202) 684-2552, ***PRESS RELEASE*** TODDLER’S TAINTED MEAT SCARE PROMPTS MOM TO FIGHT ANTIBIOTICS IN TRADER JOE’S MEAT SUPPLY Mom’s petition on calls on Trader Joe’s to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ by banning meat from animals fed antibiotics. TROUTDALE, OR – 130,000 people Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 in Food Safety, Meat without Drugs, Salmonella | Comments Off

Did you take a flyer to Trader Joe’s? Tell us about it!

A huge thanks to the thousands of you who downloaded our version of Trader Joe’s ‘Fearless Flyer’ and delivered it to your local store asking the company to only sell meat raised without antibiotics. We’ve heard some great stories across the country – from Maine to Georgia to California – about the response from staff, Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, August 10th, 2012 in Meat without Drugs | 5 Comments »

CU refutes meat industry claims about antibiotics campaign

Consumers Union this week fired back to a letter sent by meat producers to several members of Congress that called into question the accuracy of many facts laid out in our Meat On Drugs report regarding the industry’s use of antibiotics in livestock production. Released in June, ‘Meat On Drugs’ calls on meat producers to Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 in Corporate Behavior, Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

USDA will investigate unapproved antibiotics labels

Just two weeks after Consumer Reports issued our Meat on Drugs report criticizing, among other things, USDA’s system for overseeing labels on meat and poultry products that are raised without antibiotics, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sent a letter to Consumers Union indicating that the agency plans to establish a new standard and investigate the Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, July 20th, 2012 in Food Labeling, Meat without Drugs, USDA | 8 Comments »

FDA says no more BPA in baby bottles

New parents have one less thing to worry about after the FDA’s announcement today that baby bottles and kids’ sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol A, or BPA, a common chemical in plastic products. Consumers Union has long advocated for banning BPA from baby bottles (and other products such as infant formula containers and Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 in Bisphenol A (BPA), FDA | 4 Comments »
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