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Consumers Union Press Releases

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

National groups join Illinois consumers to rally for GMO labels

The turnout demonstrates that consumers and farmers alike are infuriated that biotech companies are not held to the same safety standards

CDC Report Shows Growing Threat Posed By Antibiotic Resistance

Monday, September 16, 2013, 1pm ET Consumers Union Calls For Stronger Action to Curb Antibiotic Overuse And To Prevent The Spread Of Deadly Infections in Hospitals WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to public health that is undermining Continue Reading

Gillibrand bill would help strengthen meat and poultry safety

Too many consumers in this country continue to fall sick due to foodborne illness

Meat Without Drugs Campaign Targets New Austin Trader Joe’s

New store asked not to sell meat from animals raised with the routine use of antibiotics.

FDA arsenic-in-Rice findings underscore concerns about long-term safety

FDA announcement “misses the point” focusing on short-term effects

Consumers Union endorses dietary supplement labeling act

Bill would deliver better labels, stronger requirements for manufacturers, more information for consumers

CR poll: Trader Joe’s doesn’t live up to its customers’ expectations on antibiotics and meat

Majority of Trader Joe’s shoppers agree grocer should stop selling meat and poultry raised on antibiotics

Consumer Reports Applauds FDA for Issuing Proposed Apple Juice Guidance

Proposing a 10 ppb guidance for apple juice—the same level set for water—is a reasonable first step in protecting consumers from unnecessary exposure to arsenic. It also offers an important enforcement and accountability tool for regulators and a key benchmark for apple juice manufacturers.

CU presses to end delays of FDA work to limit arsenic exposure through food, beverages

CU strongly urges the Agency to do all it can to ensure the release of its final guidance on arsenic in fruit juice so that consumers can begin to reduce their exposure to this contaminant

CU: House farm bill amendment would cripple food safety reforms

In the summer of 2011, 33 people died because of listeria on cantaloupes, which could have been prevented if these new rules had been in effect and enforced

Consumers Union statement on new long term study of feeding GE grains to pigs

The new peer-reviewed long-term pig feeding study just published raises important concerns about possible health impacts of consuming genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy.

USDA proposes rule to label mechanically tenderized meat

Consumers Union has been calling for labeling for years, applauds USDA proposal.

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