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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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

Should New York State require labeling of GE foods? At public hearing, Consumers Union expert says ‘yes’

by Maureen Mahoney Today, Michael K. Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist at Consumers Union, spoke at a public hearing in support of a pending New York State bill that would require food manufacturers to label products that are genetically engineered (GE). The hearing, organized by the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs, was Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 in Label GMOs | No Comments »

Chipotle, Whole Foods lead the food industry on GMO labeling

by Maureen Mahoney Some prominent names in the food industry, like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Market, and Ben & Jerry’s, are responding to consumer concern over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by taking steps such as labeling them in their products or menu items, or by starting to phase out use of genetically engineered foods Continue Reading

Posted by Minerva Novoa on Monday, July 29th, 2013 in Food Labeling, Label GMOs | 2 Comments »

Poll Results Infographic: Why is Trader Joe’s Ignoring Their Customers?

Click the image to download a full resolution PDF and read the details here  

Posted by Eric Charping on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 5 Comments »
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