- CU to FDA: Protections from mad cow are inadequate
This letter from CU to the FDA details the additional steps the agency should take to protect the health of animals and the public.
- CU cites risks in “l-type” strain of mad cow disease
Urges USDA to conduct thorough investigation of California case
- Consumers Union statement on BSE positive cow
CU is seriously concerned by the announcement of a new case of mad cow disease in a cow from California
- Consumer Product Database Turns One
New analysis shows database is working as intended
- Proposed changes to product safety law pose dangers to children
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act created a requirement that children’s products be tested for safety
- New Mandatory Crib Standards Adopted by CPSC
Consumer and safety groups laud ‘strongest crib standards in the world’
- Groups: Repeal Ohio decision on milk labeling
Governor Strickland should repeal a 2008 emergency rule for labeling dairy products in his state
- Kansas Governor vetoes milk labeling bill
The controversial bill would have limited rbGH labeling on dairy products in the state.
- Product safety law makes marketplace safer
Organizations urge President Obama to appoint new leadership at the CPSC
- Statement by CU on USDA Secretary-Designate Tom Vilsack
President-elect Barack Obama appointed Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
- Industry Calls For Stronger Consumer Protections On Mad Cow
76 Cattle Industry Groups Are Calling for Stronger Protections Against Mad Cow Disease
- Tales from the Crypt: Gross Food Stories
True Stories are always scarier: Feeding cow parts and chicken poop to cattle
- Tales from the Crypt of Gross Food- Are you what you eat?
- Worst Company in America?
It’s not surprising the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company is nominated as the “Worst Company in America” by readers of The Consumerist.
- Undercover video leads to outcry on meat safety
None of us want to eat beef infected with mad-cow disease, E. coli, or Salmonella. Nor would we feed it to our children. Unfortunately, low-income children who qualified for federal assistance under the National School Lunch Program may not have had a choice.
- Penn Label Ban Update
More than 65 dairy farmers, consumer, farm and agricultural, public health, animal protection and environmental organizations, food processors and retailers today wrote to Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell to protest the recent Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) action which would prohibit state farmers from telling consumers that they aren’t using artificial hormones on their dairy Continue Reading
- Protect Us From Choice — Please
Last month, in an Orwellian stretch of logic and without warning or any public discussion, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) notified 19 dairies that “their labels are false or misleading and need to be changed” So, what kinds of labels were so terrible that the PDA felt they had to be removed from milk Continue Reading
- Consumers Comment On Mad Cow Border Issue
Consumers Union collected 17,655 names on a petition opposing USDA’s plan to relax restrictions on the import of Canadian cows that could present higher risks of Mad Cow disease.
- Not Now Canadian Cow
USDA is proposing a rule to further relax Canadian border restriction intended to protect U.S. consumers and our cattle market from Mad Cow disease.
- Beef industry struggles with PR crises Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday May 3, 2012)
- Controversy over mad cow disease testing Source: CNN (Wednesday April 25, 2012)
- Case of Mad Cow Disease Is Found in U.S. Source: The New York Times (Tuesday April 24, 2012)
- Coalition asks FDA to ban feeding of chicken feces to cattle Source: Los Angeles Times (Saturday October 31, 2009)
Food and consumer groups say the practice increases the risk of cattle becoming infected with mad cow disease. A beef industry trade group say a ban isn’t needed.
- Audit says USDA lost track of imported cattle Source: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday July 22, 2008)
Despite persistent fears of mad cow disease in Canadian beef, the Department of Agriculture has failed to properly track hundreds of Canadian cattle coming into the United States, the department’s inspector general has concluded.
- Canada probes new mad cow case; no threat seen Source: Reuters (Tuesday June 24, 2008)
Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease on Monday, its 13th since 2003, but said the case in British Columbia did not pose a health threat.
- New mad cow discovered in Canada brings total to 9 Source: News-Medical.net (Monday February 12, 2007)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says there has been another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian cattle.
- Canada's mad cow case puts pressure on USDA Source: Christian Science Moniter (Thursday April 20, 2006)
This week’s news about a case of mad cow disease in Canada, the eighth confirmed incident in North America, has led to calls for a ban on imports of Canadian cattle and a permanent ban on sick or injured cattle (“downer” cows) being allowed to enter the human food chain.
- Japan confirms 25th mad cow disease case Source: Forbes (Wednesday April 19, 2006)
Japan confirmed its 25th case of mad cow disease, amid growing US pressure on Tokyo to resume US beef imports stopped twice over fears of the brain-wasting disease.
- Mad-cow disease confirmed in Canada Source: CNN (Monday April 17, 2006)
The Canadian government said Sunday that it has confirmed a case of mad-cow disease in a cow in British Columbia.