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Consumers Union statment on Vermont GMO labeling bill

Vermont has broken new ground by passing a bill with no strings attached, no conditions to be met, before it goes into effect in 2016.

CU praises Vermont’s Senate for passing GMO labeling bill, would be first state in nation to enact such a law

Group urges Governor Shumlin to sign bill immediately

Washington City Paper ad urges Trader Joe’s to end sale of meat raised on drugs

Consumers Union ad asks company to stop selling antibiotic-raised meat

Tampa Bay Times Ad Urges Trader Joe’s To Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics

Ad highlights how the overuse of antibiotics by the meat industry on healthy livestock threatens public health by making these medications less effective for treating disease.

Consumers Union won’t “Butt Out” of animal antibiotics campaign

The following letter was submitted to the Idaho Statesman in response to ads that ran this week targeting CU and demanding we “butt out” of Idaho and our campaign asking Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. March 13, 2014 To the Editor: The full page ad by Tree Top Ranch that ran Continue Reading

CU applauds move to make nutrition facts label more consumer friendly

First Lady Michelle Obama and the FDA announced new proposals to update the Nutrition Fact Label that appears on packaged foods.

Boise Statesman Ad Urges Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics

Over 650,000 consumers across the country have called on Trader Joe’s to be an industry leader on this critical public health issue.

Chick-fil-A praised for “No-Antibiotics” chicken pledge

Company announces it will only sell chicken raised without antibiotics within five years

Ad Urges Trader Joe’s To Help Curb A Major Public Health Crisis

Campaign Calls On Grocer To Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics

New Trader Joe’s in Colorado is target of Meat Without Drugs campaign

Consumers Union urges grocer to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics

Consumer Reports tests show consumers unnecessarily exposed to potential cancer risk in many soft drinks

Consumers Union calls on government to set stronger regulations for caramel color in food and beverages

Consumer Reports: Potentially harmful bacteria found on 97 percent of chicken breasts tested

About half of samples tested had at least one bacteria resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics

FDA action on antibiotics an important first step, but more action needed

Much work remains to address antibiotics use in disease prevention and reporting of antibiotic use

CU calls on FDA to consider specific changes to food safety regulations

Consumers Union is asking FDA to require food processors to actually test their products for pathogens to assure food safety.

CU encouraged by close vote in Washington state on genetically engineered food labeling initiative

Vows to continue to fight for mandatory labeling in states

Open Letter from Consumers Union to Trader Joe’s CEO, Dan Bane

October 29, 2013 Dan Bane, CEO Trader Joe’s 800 Shamrock Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016 Dear Mr. Bane, For over a year now, Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, has been urging you to consider the real harm to public health that Trader Joe’s is contributing to by selling meat from animals routinely fed Continue Reading

Letter to the President from The Antibiotic Working Group

This letter from over 30 medical, public health, and sustainable agriculture communities urges Obama to end the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production.

CU scientist to discuss GMOs at annual Grafton County Farm Bureau meeting

The speakers will present their viewpoints on GMO vs. non-GMO and audience members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Consumer groups urge USDA to strengthen oversight of poultry

USDA should declare antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella as adulterants

CR disappointed with USDA’s decision on Foster Farms

Dangerous outbreak strain potentially still on market

CR advises against buying or using any raw chicken produced from three Foster Farms plants

Expanded advice based on USDA letter to plants expressing safety concerns

CR tests finds salmonella outbreak strain in sample of foster farms raw chicken

Organization calls on Foster Farms to recall chicken from associated plants

FDA initiates formal withdraw of approval of three arsenic-based animal drugs

CU applauds the FDA for this important action towards safeguarding public health and largely curtailing the deliberate introduction of arsenic into the feed and food supply

U.S. Department of Agriculture guts national organic law

Decision makes it easier to continue use of artificial ingredients and substances, undermining integrity of organic label

CU joins lawmakers in announcing bill to strengthen food labeling standards

September 19, 2013 Consumers Union Joins Lawmakers in Announcing Bill to Strengthen Food Labeling Standards WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) announced new legislation aimed at updating the requirements for food labels in order to give consumers more information when Continue Reading

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