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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

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 | Comments Off

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?

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

Poll of Trader Joe’s customers shows rift between company, consumers on antibiotic-raised meat

Talk about having faith in a company to do the right thing: a whopping 95% of Trader Joe’s customers believe that the company avoids products that may harm public health or the environment, according to a poll released today by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.  But when it comes to selling meat raised on antibiotics, Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 14 Comments »

In a step back for food safety, FDA weakens rules on salmonella in animal feed

By Maureen Mahoney  Is the FDA doing enough to protect consumers from salmonella outbreaks? With illnesses related to salmonella continuing to pose a major threat to public health, we’d expect the FDA to take a strong regulatory stand against contamination of animal feed with salmonella bacteria. Instead of strengthening its protections, however, the FDA has Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 in FDA, Salmonella | 8 Comments »

Double win for kids’ safety in new BPA & arsenic rules

It doesn’t take a parent to know that exposing children to toxins in their juice or infant formula is a bad idea.   But a lot of us here at Consumers Union wear the badges of concerned parents (and grandparents) alongside our consumer advocate titles – and that’s why we’re doubly glad at two recent Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 in Arsenic, Bisphenol A (BPA), FDA, Food Safety | 3 Comments »
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