Consumers Union Documents
- CU letter to Trader Joe’s regarding overuse of antibiotics in livestock production
For over a year, Consumers Union has been urging Trader Joe’s to be an industry leader by stopping the sale of meat and poultry raised on antibiotics
- CU comments on standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption
Consumers Union commends FDA for developing this much-needed proposed rule on growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce.
- CU comments on manufacturing practice and hazard analysis for human food
Consumers Union comments of November, 2013 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed rule implementing portions of the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) related to preventive controls for food manufacturing facilities.
- CU joins others in message to Obama Administration: End antibiotic overuse in food animal production
FDA recognized as early as 1977 that nontherapeutic uses of medically-important antibiotics in livestock feed threaten human health.
- Comments on the USDA’s proposal to require labeling of beef products that have been needle-or blade-tenderized
Consumers Union welcomed the opportunity to comment on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) decision to require that “mechanically tenderized” beef products be labeled as “mechanically tenderized,” and to require that the labels include validated cooking instructions regarding cooking to a specified minimum internal temperature, and regarding holding these Continue Reading
- Testimony on New Hampshire bill HB660, requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods
Presented by Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Consumers Union.
- Testimony on A.3525-A, a bill to require the labeling of food produced from GE organisms
CU supports mandatory labeling of GE foods at the sate and federal levels and therefore also supports A3525A.
- Survey of Trader Joe’s Shoppers on Antibiotics and Meat
Consumer Reports National Research Center Survey of Trader Joe’s Shoppers on Antibiotics and Meat July 2013 In late May/early June of 2013, the Consumer Reports National Research Center polled 1,120 California residents who bought meat and/or poultry at Trader Joe’s or other supermarkets to explore their attitudes about buying and consuming meat raised with and Continue Reading
- Letter to the FDA asking to limit the amount of arsenic in food and beverages
Consumers Union is writing to express deep concern about delays in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work to limit the amount of arsenic consumers are exposed to through food and beverages.
- Testimony before Massachusetts Joint Public Health committee on GE labeling
CU supports mandatory labeling of GE foods and so supports H1936, H2037 and H2093.
- 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
- Victory! Vermont Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill 26-2
The Burlington Free Press is reporting that the Vermont Senate passed historic legislation that requires foods containing genetically engineered foods to be labeled starting in July 2016. The bill must be reconciled with the House, which passed a slightly different version, and then requires the Governor’s signature. This is a huge step for consumers right Continue Reading
- Vermont GMO Labeling Bill Clears Senate Committee 5-0
“Vermont is about to go where no state has gone before” – Vermont Senator The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 in favor of GMO labeling and is now sending the bill on to the Appropriations Committee, after which it will go to the Senate floor. Vermont is in the process of bravely becoming the Continue Reading
- Major Food Corporations Say No More GMO
By Caitlin Watkins The controversy over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food is making mainstream news yet again this week. Food companies are choosing to opt-out of GMO ingredients in the manufacturing and selling of their food products due to consumer demand. The following companies made headlines this week: Smart Balance rejects GMOs Smart Continue Reading
- Are you a Food Patriot? You will be soon! Join us for the online screening 2/26
At 15, Sam Spitz was on the top of the world. He pitched varsity baseball as a freshman, sprouted three inches in the off-season. Pro scouts even came calling. Then he ate a chicken caeser salad that changed his life. Within three days Sam was doubled over and headed to the emergency room. Sickened with Continue Reading
- Rocky Mountain love for the Meat Without Drugs campaign
The Meat Without Drugs team rocked the Rockies last week for the opening of three Trader Joe’s stores in Colorado on February 14th. The company opened its first stores in the state – two in Denver and one in Boulder – and the team was overwhelmed by support for our campaign asking Trader Joe’s to Continue Reading
- Chick-Fil-A pledges to sell chicken raised without antibiotics
Fast food chain Chick-Fil-A announced today that within five years all of the chicken sold at their restaurants will be raised without antibiotics, marking “the first time a quick service restaurant has committed to a 100 percent ‘raised without antibiotics’ standard for poultry,” says PR Newswire. In their online statement, Chick-Fil-A says the company is ”collaborating Continue Reading
- Help Get Joe Off Drugs, Colorado!
Hey Coloradans! Do you love meat raised without antibiotics? We do! Come out this Valentine’s Day and help us show the love. Together we’ll ask the three new Trader Joe’s stores in the Boulder/Denver area to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. Our Meat Without Drugs campaign is working to convince grocery stores – starting Continue Reading
- In New England, two victories and a loss for GMO labeling
New England: home of arctic temps, piles of snow – and a whole lot of action on GMO labeling. In 2013, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to sign a GMO labeling bill into law, followed by Maine in early January 2014. However, both bills contain provisions that prevent the laws from going into immediate Continue Reading
- Maine becomes second state to pass GMO labeling law
Yesterday Maine’s Governor signed into law the second GMO labeling bill in the US, after a similar bill was signed in Connecticut in late 2013. However, both bills contain provisions that prevent the laws from going into immediate effect. Maine’s bill, for example, requires that five other states pass similar GMO labeling bills, and Continue Reading
- Sing along! Our holiday message to Trader Joe’s
Dashing Through Trader Joe’s Dashing through Trader Joe’s, With a red cart as my sleigh. Through the shelves I roam, Shopping all the way But then I spy the meat I don’t know what to pick Was this meat given drugs? If so it really makes me ticked. Oh, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s please end Continue Reading
- Consumer group launches campaign over Trader Joe's sales of meat raised on antibiotics Source: Tampa Bay Times (Monday March 17, 2014)
- Trader Joe’s faces criticism over use of antibiotics Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal (Tuesday March 18, 2014)
- Full-Page Ads Thank Trader Joe’s For Giving Consumers The Choice To Eat Drugged-Up Meat Source: Consumerist (Friday March 14, 2014)
- The Fat Drug Source: New York Times (Saturday March 8, 2014)
- Grocers Line Up—Early—Against Biotech Salmon. What About Wal-Mart? Source: Bloomberg Businessweek (Thursday March 6, 2014)
- Consumer group's campaign for Trader Joe's to go antibiotic-free comes to Boise Source: Idaho Statesman (Tuesday February 25, 2014)
- Why Are There Still So Many Antibiotics In America's Meat? Source: Prevention Magazine (Tuesday February 25, 2014)
- Trader Joe's urged to drop meat from animals raised with antibiotics Source: LA Times (Monday February 24, 2014)
- Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening Source: NPR (Wednesday February 19, 2014)
- Drugs and meat: Trader Joe's opening opens conversation Source: Boulder Daily Camera (Friday February 14, 2014)