Consumers Union Documents
- 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.
- Comments on labeling of flavored milks containing artificial sweeteners
In essence, IDFA and NMPF seek to be able to add artificial sweeteners, aka “non-nutritive sweeteners,” to flavored milk, and yet not have to label that milk with a nutrient content
- 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
- Get Smart About Antibiotics, starting with your turkey
Ever had strep? A UTI? You probably ran to the drug store with a scribbled prescription for antibiotics and felt a whole lot better within a couple of days. It’s a scenario we all take for granted. But the CDC is sounding the alarm that antibiotic resistance “is considered one of the world’s most critical Continue Reading
- Everyone Wants A Revolution: Chipotle’s ad campaign looks familiar
They say that imitation is the biggest form of flattery in which case we are really flattered by Chipotle’s marketing campaign. Our own Joe the Pig took up the revolutionary cause to get antibiotics off the farm and now Chipotle’s El Pig, along with pigs all over the world, are ready to take up hooves. Continue Reading
- Who needs ghouls when you’ve got superbugs?
Guy in a Halloween costume – or campaign mascot? It’s probably a little tougher than usual to tell on Halloween but folks on the streets of Berkeley today encountered Joe the Pig asking Trader Joe’s to ‘get me off drugs’ and, in the spirit of the day, handing out ‘superbug’ Halloween candy to customers. Continue Reading
- Trader Joe’s customers now educating staff about their meat raised on antibiotics
What’s the deal with Trader Joe’s selling meat from animals raised on antibiotics? Their staff members don’t always know, so it turns out customers are stepping in to do a little bit of employee education. As part of our ongoing campaign urging Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, we recently released a flyer Continue Reading
- CU: GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative is “the Right Choice for Washington Consumers”
by Maureen Mahoney Consumers Union’s Dr. Michael Hansen is taking to the airwaves in support of the effort to label genetically engineered (GE) food in Washington State, calling the initiative, “the right choice for Washington consumers.” Dr. Hansen, Senior Scientist at Consumers Union, appeared in a recently-filmed video ad in support of Washington’s ballot initiative Continue Reading
- Consumer Reports calls on Foster Farms to recall chicken tainted with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella
This blog is cross-posted from ConsumerReports.org As part of our ongoing tests of meat and poultry, Consumer Reports has found a dangerous strain of Salmonella in a sample of Foster Farms raw chicken. The strain we found matches one of those associated with the current outbreak, which has now sickened close to 300 people in 17 Continue Reading
- CDC: In humans and animals, antibiotics “should only be used to treat infections.” Period.
A new report released by the CDC this week lays out the grim stats on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, citing 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year due to resistant bacteria. The agency points to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals as the number one reason behind the growing Continue Reading
- Come on out Austin, we’d love to meat you
Austin, Texas… city of legendary music, a funky arts scene and smoky barbeque joints. But it turns out a lot of Austinites these days care deeply about where that pork rib is coming from. There’s a growing trend among businesses and restaurants to source their meat from ranchers that are local and raise animals Continue Reading
- Consumers Union to NH legislature: No “horrifying double digit” cost increases for GE labeling
by Maureen Mahoney Speaking before New Hampshire legislators last week, Dr. Michael K. Hansen, senior scientist with Consumers Union, sent a clear message: labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods won’t lead to out-of-control food costs. Dr. Hansen’s presentation to the state’s House Environment and Agriculture Committee was in support of a proposed New Hampshire law Continue Reading
- Former FDA Commissioner: Agency needs to ‘finish the job’ to curb antibiotics in livestock
Concern about the misuse of antibiotics in livestock production has been around so long it dates back to “Jimmy Carter’s day,” states former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy in an op-ed today in the Washington Post, and calls the agency out for stalling on the issue for the past 36 years. “Today, the science is even Continue Reading
- OP-ED: Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long Source: USA Today (Sunday October 27, 2013)
- Groups press Obama administration to approve FDA rule against misuse of antibiotics in agriculture Source: The Oregonian (Thursday October 24, 2013)
- Food for thought on what we eat Source: Seattle Times (Wednesday October 23, 2013)
- Scientists’ Ties to Food Industry Raise Questions in Europe Source: The New York Times (Wednesday October 23, 2013)
- Report: Feeding antibiotics to livestock is bad for humans, but Congress won’t stop it Source: Washington Post (Tuesday October 22, 2013)
- Continuing Salmonella Outbreaks Source: The New York Times (Friday October 18, 2013)
- Warnings as salmonella strains resist antibiotics Source: San Francisco Gate (Wednesday October 16, 2013)
- Should You Eat Chicken? Source: The New York Times (Tuesday October 15, 2013)
- Poultry plants linked to outbreak won't be closed Source: The Los Angeles Times (Thursday October 10, 2013)
- Researchers raise concerns about BPA and breast cancer Source: USA Today (Thursday October 10, 2013)