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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 »

Op-ed: Grocers, shoppers can slow public health threat

“Public health experts have been sounding the alarm that the antibiotics we all depend on to fight off deadly infections are losing their power,” kicks off an op-ed penned by Jean Halloran of Consumers Union in the the San Francisco Chronicle today. While doctors are trying to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs by only Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, July 8th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | Comments Off

Take a pledge against the “extravagant, inappropriate” use of antibiotics in meat production

Before you fire up the grill for your July 4th celebration, we have a request.   Put down the mustard, step away from the relish, and ask yourself:  are the hot dogs sizzling on your holiday barbecue contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance? Animals raised for meat are routinely dosed with antibiotics to Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 2 Comments »

GMO labeling gains momentum in New England – with a few catches

Earlier this month, and within just days of each other, both Connecticut and Maine passed bills to require the labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Much to the dismay of Monsanto and other biotech companies that lobbied heavily to kill the initiatives, the bills were passed with overwhelming support in both state Legislatures Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, June 21st, 2013 in Label GMOs | 23 Comments »

How safe is your pet food? Natura announces third safety recall this year

Yesterday Nebraska-based Natura Pet Products Inc. announced yet another recall involving multiple brands of their dog, cat, and ferret food and treats after testing positive for Salmonella in one of their production facilities. This is the company’s third recall this year, which comes on the heels of recalls in March and April involving many of Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 in Food Safety, Recalls, Salmonella | 2 Comments »
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