Pick up a copy of the LA Times today? If so, you probably saw this ad urging Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics.
It’s an ask that’s been made many times – in many ways – over the past year by hundreds of thousands of you, but so far Trader Joe’s isn’t listening.
Pointing to the problem of overuse of antibiotics in the meat and poultry industries, the ad asks Trade Joe’s to help curb a public health crisis and stop selling meat raised on the drugs.
On industrial farms, antibiotics are often fed to otherwise healthy animals to make them grow faster and allow them to tolerate crowded and unsanitary conditions. This inappropriate use leads bacteria to develop resistance to the drugs, creating ‘superbugs’ that spread to humans through our environment and the food we eat.
“Continuing to sell meat from animals that are routinely fed antibiotics contributes to the development and spread of antibiotic resistance,” said Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumers Union. “Trader Joe’s has demonstrated its commitment to its customers’ health by saying no to GMOs, artificial colors, and trans fats. It should take the obvious next step and help move the livestock industry in the right direction towards healthy animals raised without drugs.”
Over a half million consumers have signed petitions and sent emails and postcards to Trader Joe’s headquarters, and thousands have hand-delivered flyers to their local stores all asking the company to stop selling meat from animals raised without antibiotics.
Help keep the pressure on. Pick up the phone and make a quick call to TJ’s headquarters. Tell them to take a stand for public health, and stop selling meat raised on antibiotics.