Consumers Union Documents
- 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.
- 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
- Why GE foods should be Labeled: Inadequate Regulations, Unanswered Safety Questions
- What should the government do to regulate antibiotics?
Consumers Union recommends government take the following actions to end the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production. Congress While consumer pressure may be a more immediate catalyst for moving livestock producers away from using antibiotics, a long-term and more permanent legislative or regulatory solution would be ideal. A bill that has been introduced in Congress, the Preservation Continue Reading
- Consumer Opinion Poll on Antibiotics in Animal Feed
Survey Research Report, Consumer Reports® National Research Center
- Reasons for Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
CU comments to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health
- 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.
- CU encouraged by close vote in Washington state on genetically engineered food labeling initiative
Vows to continue to fight for mandatory labeling in states
- 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.
- CU joins lawmakers in announcing bill to strengthen food labeling standards
September 19, 2013 Consumers Union Joins Lawmakers in Announcing Bill to Strengthen Food Labeling Standards WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) announced new legislation aimed at updating the requirements for food labels in order to give consumers more information when Continue Reading
- National groups join Illinois consumers to rally for GMO labels
The turnout demonstrates that consumers and farmers alike are infuriated that biotech companies are not held to the same safety standards
- Consumers Union statement on new long term study of feeding GE grains to pigs
The new peer-reviewed long-term pig feeding study just published raises important concerns about possible health impacts of consuming genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy.
- USDA proposes rule to label mechanically tenderized meat
Consumers Union has been calling for labeling for years, applauds USDA proposal.
- CU Hails Historic Vote in CT on Labeling GE Food
Connecticut is the first state in the US to pass a bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food
- CU hails historic Vermont house vote on labeling GE food
Vermont’s historic vote is a major victory for consumer demand for the labeling of genetically engineered food
- Nearly 2 million people tell FDA not to approve GE salmon
Over 1.8 million people sent comments vehemently opposing the approval of a genetically engineered salmon by the FDA
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Should New York State require labeling of GE foods? At public hearing, Consumers Union expert says ‘yes’
by Maureen Mahoney Today, Michael K. Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist at Consumers Union, spoke at a public hearing in support of a pending New York State bill that would require food manufacturers to label products that are genetically engineered (GE). The hearing, organized by the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs, was Continue Reading
- Chipotle, Whole Foods lead the food industry on GMO labeling
by Maureen Mahoney Some prominent names in the food industry, like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Market, and Ben & Jerry’s, are responding to consumer concern over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by taking steps such as labeling them in their products or menu items, or by starting to phase out use of genetically engineered foods Continue Reading
- GMO labeling gains momentum in New England – with a few catches
Earlier this month, and within just days of each other, both Connecticut and Maine passed bills to require the labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Much to the dismay of Monsanto and other biotech companies that lobbied heavily to kill the initiatives, the bills were passed with overwhelming support in both state Legislatures Continue Reading
- Coming soon to a label near you?
Two victories this week on the food labeling front may help consumers make more informed decisions at the grocery store – although the changes won’t happen overnight. Connecticut became the first state in the US to pass a bill requiring the labeling of food products containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Passed by an overwhelming Continue Reading
- Country of Origin Labels Need Your Support
Do you like knowing where your beef, chicken and fish comes from? We do. Had some New Zealand lamb that was especially tasty and want to try it again? Or perhaps you veer away from shrimp from Vietnam, knowing they allow a lot more drugs on their fish farms than we do. Country of Origin Continue Reading
- Oregon supporters of GMO labeling clear big hurdle for 2014 initiative as they try to woo funders Source: The Oregonian (Friday December 6, 2013)
- Genetically Modified Foods Proposed as Trigger for Gluten Sensitivity Source: The Sacramento Bee (Monday November 25, 2013)
- The Surprising Reason Fewer Foods Are Being Labeled 'Natural' Source: Take Part (Tuesday November 12, 2013)
- Some Food Companies Ditch 'Natural' Label Source: Wall Street Journal (Wednesday November 6, 2013)
- Not all California players join I-522 battle Source: The Olympian (Saturday November 2, 2013)
- Grocery Manufacturers put in $3.78M more to defeat I-522's labels on GMO foods Source: The Olympian (Saturday October 26, 2013)
- Food for thought on what we eat Source: Seattle Times (Wednesday October 23, 2013)
- Government shutdown stresses food inspections Source: Politico (Wednesday October 2, 2013)
- GMO Labeling Advocate Testifies Before N.H. House Source: NHPR (Tuesday September 3, 2013)
- Naturally Grown: An alternative label to organic Source: Yahoo News (Saturday August 17, 2013)