Consumers Union Documents
- CU testimony on CA SB 1381, a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered food
Consumers Union supports California Senate bill 1381, genetic engineering labeling
- CU Testimony on Vermont H.112, a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered food
Consumers Union supports Vermont bill, H 112, a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered food
- CU testimony on Maryland bill SB 778, a bill to require the labeling of genetically engineered food
Consumers Union supports Maryland bill 1381, genetic engineering labeling
- 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.
- Consumers Union expresses deep disappointment in narrow defeat of California SB 1381 to label GMOs
CU expressed deep disappointment in the narrow defeat of California Senate Bill 1381, which would have required labeling of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) food in the State.
- Palm Beach Post ad urges Trader Joe’s to end the sale of meat raised on drugs
CU campaign calls on grocer to take a stand for public health and stop selling meat raised on antibiotics
- CU urges Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics upon opening of new Burlington, VT store
Campaign urges Trader Joe’s to help curb a major public health crisis
- GMO labeling bill passes NY Assembly’s Consumer Affairs committee
Public interest groups and consumers’ rights advocates applaud bill’s passage
- 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.
- Trader Joe’s answer to 750,000 people? So far, zip
About 750,000 people so far have asked Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. But how has the company responded? Take Action Now: Tell TJ’s CEO Dan Bane to stop ignoring you and commit to ending the sale of antibiotic-raised meat! The marketplace is moving against meat raised on antibiotics. Already, several national Continue Reading
- July 4th grillers show us their no-antibiotics meat and say: Not On My Grill!
We asked you to show us your meat — and did you ever. Last week for July 4th, we got dozens and dozens of photos from folks who said “Not On My Grill!” and shared shots of meat raised without antibiotics they used in their holiday grilling adventures. Lots of others folks wrote in Continue Reading
- Consumer Reports Poll: 92% of Americans Want GMO Labeling
Monsanto and Big Food can try every which way to spin their claim that genetically engineered food is no different. But Americans aren’t buying it. Nine out of 10 consumers (92 percent) want to know on the label if their food is genetically engineered, according to Consumer Reports latest national poll. That same percentage of Continue Reading
- A win for Pom is a win for consumers
Consumers could be misled and tricked by the labeling on Minute Maid’s Pomegranate Blueberry flavored juice blend, said the Supreme Court yesterday in a unanimous decision that will allow the POM Wonderful Juice company to proceed with a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, maker of Minute Maid drinks. The point of contention is the label on the Minute Maid product, which announces Continue Reading
- Vermont Sued Over GMO Right To Know Law
Four major industry trade groups (the Grocery Manufacturers Associationthe Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers) have filed suit against the state of Vermont calling the GMO law, Act 120, a violation of their first amendment rights. The Vermont law would go into effect in July of 2016 and would require Continue Reading
- #19: Trader Joe’s (still) sells meat raised on antibiotics
Read Buzzfeed’s 18 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Trader Joe’s, and you’ll learn some tidbits about Hawaiian shirts and ginger snaps. But the thing we find pretty incredible (perhaps #19?) is that this company still continues to stock its shelves with meat from animals raised on antibiotics. We know Trader Joe’s customers expect better. Continue Reading
- New Consumer Reports Poll Shows That Consumers Want GMO Labeling
A Consumer Reports poll of the nation found that: 92% Think GE Food Should Be Labeled Before Sold 92% Think GE Food Should Meet Government Safety Standards Before Sold 92% Demand the Government Label GE Salmon An overwhelming majority of U.S. consumers think that before GMO food is sold, it should be labeled accordingly (92% of consumers) and Continue Reading
- More Momentum In NYS! GMO Labeling Bill Passes Out Of Codes Committee
The NYS Assembly’s Codes Committee today passed with 15 votes bill A.3525 which would require the labeling GMOs! This is another good step forward for activists and advocates who have been fighting to give consumers the right to know what is in their food. Now for the bill to move forward in the NYS Continue Reading
- Telling the Truth and Standing Up for Consumers’ Right to Know What’s Their Food
by Caitlin Watkins Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has long fought for the labeling of food that is genetically engineered. We believe that consumers have a right to know how their food is produced–so that they can make more informed purchasing decisions. Our own Elisa Odabashian, director of the West Continue Reading
- A turning tide on antibiotic-raised meat
” A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill– is a very real possibility for the 21st century.” “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives.” You’d think that these kinds of alarm bells sounded by not-so-alarmist organizations as 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)