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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 »

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

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

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

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 | Comments Off

CU urges grocery stores to sell Meat Without Drugs

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 »
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