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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.

CU Hails Historic Vote in CT on Labeling GE Food

Connecticut is the first state in the US to pass a bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food

SF Chronicle Ad Urges Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised on Antibiotics

Ad calls on company to end this practice that contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistance.

CU hails historic Vermont house vote on labeling GE food

Vermont’s historic vote is a major victory for consumer demand for the labeling of genetically engineered food

Consumers Union Applauds Senate Bill to Boost Data on Use of Antibiotics in Meat

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would help the FDA study the use of antimicrobial drugs in food producing animals

Ad in LA Times Urges Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised on Antibiotics

Ad highlights how the overuse of antibiotics in livestock is promoting the spread of drug resistant superbugs that threaten public health.

CU urges Congress to stop superbugs and make ground turkey safer

Consumers Union is also asking members of Congress to support legislation that would address these issues

Nearly 2 million people tell FDA not to approve GE salmon

Over 1.8 million people sent comments vehemently opposing the approval of a genetically engineered salmon by the FDA

Consumer Reports: Bacteria on turkey raised without antibiotics showed significantly less antibiotic resistance than bacteria on conventional turkey

Ninety percent of samples had one or more of the five bacteria for which CR tested

Organic Board Decision a Victory for Organics, Preservation of Antibiotics

National Organic Standards Board votes to discontinue use of antibiotics in organic apple & pear production.

CU urges National Organic Standards Board to discontinue use of antibiotics in organic apple, pear production

Poll: More than 80 percent don’t know or don’t think antibiotics used to treat disease in apple, pears

Meat Without Drugs campaign heads to Davis, CA Trader Joe’s

The campaign aims to convince the grocer to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics.

Top grocery stores: We won’t sell genetically engineered seafood

Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Whole Foods, Marsh among stores that will reject GE fish

Consumers Union Endorses Bill to Stop Superbugs, Curb Overuse of Antibiotics on Food Animals

Rep. Louise Slaughter reintroduces bill to end the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production.

Meat Without Drugs Campaign in Santa Cruz for Valentine’s Day

Special Valentine’s Day outreach event aims to convince Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat and poultry raised on antibiotics.

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