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Get Smart About Antibiotics, starting with your turkey

Ever had strep?  A UTI?  You probably ran to the drug store with a scribbled prescription for antibiotics and felt a whole lot better within a couple of days. It’s a scenario we all take for granted. But the CDC is sounding the alarm that antibiotic resistance “is considered one of the world’s most critical Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 1 Comment »

Everyone Wants A Revolution: Chipotle’s ad campaign looks familiar

They say that imitation is the biggest form of flattery in which case we are really flattered by Chipotle’s marketing campaign. Our own Joe the Pig took up the revolutionary cause to get antibiotics off the farm and now Chipotle’s El Pig, along with pigs all over the world, are ready to take up hooves. Continue Reading

Posted by Tim Marvin on Friday, November 15th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

Who needs ghouls when you’ve got superbugs?

Guy in a Halloween costume – or campaign mascot?   It’s probably a little tougher than usual to tell on Halloween but folks on the streets of Berkeley today encountered Joe the Pig asking Trader Joe’s to ‘get me off drugs’ and, in the spirit of the day, handing out ‘superbug’ Halloween candy to customers. Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

Trader Joe’s customers now educating staff about their meat raised on antibiotics

What’s the deal with Trader Joe’s selling meat from animals raised on antibiotics?  Their staff members don’t always know, so it turns out customers are stepping in to do a little bit of employee education. As part of our ongoing campaign urging Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, we recently released a flyer Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 1 Comment »

CU: GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative is “the Right Choice for Washington Consumers”

by Maureen Mahoney Consumers Union’s Dr. Michael Hansen is taking to the airwaves in support of the effort to label genetically engineered (GE) food in Washington State, calling the initiative, “the right choice for Washington consumers.” Dr. Hansen, Senior Scientist at Consumers Union, appeared in a recently-filmed video ad in support of Washington’s ballot initiative Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 in Food Labeling, Label GMOs | 15 Comments »

Consumer Reports calls on Foster Farms to recall chicken tainted with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella

This blog is cross-posted from As part of our ongoing tests of meat and poultry, Consumer Reports has found a dangerous strain of Salmonella in a sample of Foster Farms raw chicken. The strain we found matches one of those associated with the current outbreak, which has now sickened close to 300 people in 17 Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 in CDC, Food Safety, Meat without Drugs, USDA | 2 Comments »

CDC: In humans and animals, antibiotics “should only be used to treat infections.” Period.

A new report released by the CDC this week lays out the grim stats on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, citing 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year due to resistant bacteria. The agency points to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals as the number one reason behind the growing Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 in CDC, Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

Come on out Austin, we’d love to meat you

Austin, Texas…  city of legendary music, a funky arts scene and smoky barbeque joints.  But it turns out a lot of Austinites these days care deeply about where that pork rib is coming from.    There’s a growing trend among businesses and restaurants to source their meat from ranchers that are local and raise animals Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, September 13th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

Consumers Union to NH legislature: No “horrifying double digit” cost increases for GE labeling

by Maureen Mahoney Speaking before New Hampshire legislators last week, Dr. Michael K. Hansen, senior scientist with Consumers Union, sent a clear message: labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods won’t lead to out-of-control food costs. Dr. Hansen’s presentation to the state’s House Environment and Agriculture Committee was in support of a proposed New Hampshire law Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, September 9th, 2013 in Label GMOs | Comments Off

Former FDA Commissioner: Agency needs to ‘finish the job’ to curb antibiotics in livestock

Concern about the misuse of antibiotics in livestock production has been around so long it dates back to “Jimmy Carter’s day,” states former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy in an op-ed today in the Washington Post, and calls the agency out for stalling on the issue for the past 36 years. “Today, the science is even Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 in Meat without Drugs, Uncategorized | Comments Off
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