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Country of Origin Labels Need Your Support

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Do you like knowing where your beef, chicken and fish comes from? We do. Had some New Zealand lamb that was especially tasty and want to try it again? Or perhaps you veer away from shrimp from Vietnam, knowing they allow a lot more drugs on their fish farms than we do. Country of Origin Continue Reading

Posted by Jean Halloran in Food Labeling | 43 Comments »

Grocery Retailers Rule Out Sale of Genetically Engineered Salmon

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Genetically engineered salmon could soon be on its way to your local grocery store – but you won’t find it at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Aldi.  These grocers are among the first to pledge not to sell the genetically modified fish if it is approved by the FDA for market.  Several smaller chains, including Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Label GMOs | 18 Comments »

Congress introduces bill to curb antibiotics in food animals

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Recently the CDC raised the alarm about antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs) and the implications they have on public health in the United States. A report from Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, warned that “our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections.” Citing the connection Continue Reading

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Call grows for action on antibiotics in food animals

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There’s been a growing call for action in recent weeks to address the threat to public health posed by the routine use of antibiotics in healthy food animals.  It’s no wonder given years of inaction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and mounting evidence that the overuse of antibiotics in meat production is getting worse. Continue Reading

Posted by Minerva Novoa in Food Safety, Meat without Drugs | No Comments »

Trader Joe’s employees offer misleading claims about their meat

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Ask a Trader Joe’s employee about the meat in your shopping basket, and you may or may not get an answer based on, well, facts. We’ve received reports from over 100 people who talked to Trader Joe’s managers, employees and customer service reps across the country with the request that the company stop selling meat Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Meat without Drugs | 45 Comments »

Trader Joe’s, we’re not feeling the love

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Trader Joe’s:  we’ve got a message for you this Valentine’s Day.  Your customers tell us they love you for a lot of reasons.  Your salsa.  Your trek mix.  Your kid-sized shopping carts.  One cat even says he loves your reusable shopping bags. But love and hate make up any relationship – and they hate that Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Meat without Drugs | 1 Comment »

On Chinese hog farms, antibiotic resistance is ‘diverse and abundant’

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Antibiotics in China’s livestock:  widely used and largely unmonitored.    A new study out today in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of  Sciences tested manure, compost and soil at three large-scale commercial hog farms in China (10,000+ pigs), finding not only antibiotic residues but widespread antibiotic-resistant bacteria.    In fact, bacteria tested showed resistance to every Continue Reading

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Antibiotics use in meat production continues to go up, up up

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New data out this week from the FDA points to an ever-increasing amount of antibiotics sold in the US for livestock, now up to 29.9 million pounds annually.   Antibiotics for humans, however, continued to stay constant at about 7.7 million pounds. A great infographic by Pew Charitable Trusts includes this chart of livestock vs. human Continue Reading

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Pork under fire? We agree.

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Consumers Union has the pork industry “on the spit” according to meat industry mag Meatingplace, which cites Consumer Reports’ recent expose on pork products that harbored bacteria, many of which proved resistant to one or more types of antibiotics. The article, titled “Pork Under Fire,” says that between Consumers Union pointing to the problems with Continue Reading

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Why Trader Joe’s? Why now?

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Consumers Union has taken a stand against the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production for decades – about 40 years, in fact.  In that time however, we’ve seen little action by regulatory agencies or lawmakers to curb this practice that is increasingly contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. In light of that, Consumers Union Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne in Meat without Drugs | 5 Comments »
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