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

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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

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“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 | No Comments »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

Coming soon to a label near you?

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Two victories this week on the food labeling front may help consumers make more informed decisions at the grocery store – although the changes won’t happen overnight. Connecticut became the first state in the US to pass a bill requiring the labeling of food products containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.    Passed by an overwhelming Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, June 7th, 2013 in Food Labeling, Label GMOs, USDA | 1 Comment »

San Franciscians: tell Trader Joe’s no more meat on drugs

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We know Bay Area folks have a lot of love for Trader Joe’s – after all, the city of San Francisco alone contains five Trader Joe’s stores within its mere 49 square miles. But what a lot of TJ’s shoppers don’t realize about one of their favorite grocery store chains is that much of the Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 6 Comments »

We’ve been talking turkey

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Consumers Union activists have been making Congress sit up and listen about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics on healthy livestock. Incredibly, eighty percent of all antibiotics are given not to sick people but are sold for use in animals, mostly to make them grow faster and tolerate crowded and unsanitary factory farms.  That reckless practice Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, May 24th, 2013 in Food Safety, Meat without Drugs | No Comments »

Loyal, misinformed employees defend Trader Joe’s on Facebook

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Trader Joe’s employees are a loyal bunch, so much so that many believe their beloved Joe can do no wrong.  So when a group of workers saw our Facebook post last week asking the company to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, the response was … notable. Getting past the name calling (and some colorful Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, May 10th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 3 Comments »

Trader Joe’s responds on antibiotics issue, but still no commitment

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In response to hundreds of calls Trader Joe’s headquarters has been getting from customers asking them to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, the company has issued a statement on their website. “We don’t presume to make choices for [customers],” it says, and points to some options shoppers have in their stores of organic and Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 in Meat without Drugs | 1 Comment »
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