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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- National Momentum Building On Labeling GMO Foods
The national drumbeat about genetically engineered food is getting louder. And each one of you who talk about, share on your networks, or take action to label GMO foods is helping bang the drum. Monsanto, can you hear that? Just last week, voters in two rural Oregon farming counties banned GMO crops. The vote was Continue Reading
- Victory on GMO in Jackson and Josephine Counties, Oregon
Voters in Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine counties took a stand against Monsanto and the biotech industry on GMOs yesterday, passing ballot measures to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified crops within county borders in order to protect local crops from GMO pollen creep. It is unclear at this point whether Josephine County’s law is enforceable. Continue Reading
- Victory in New York: GMO Labeling Makes it through Consumer Affairs Committee
by Caitlin Watkins Consumers Right To Know made strides today as the New York Assembly’s Consumer Affairs Committee passed the GMO labeling bill– A. 3525 with a vote of 9-6. The bill, which requires the labeling of genetically modified foods in the state, was heavily advocated for by Consumers Union and a coalition of advocacy Continue Reading
- Victory! Vermont Passes Historic GMO Labeling Bill: First of its kind in US
The Vermont House voted 114-30 to concur with a Senate version of the GMO labeling law (H. 112) and send it to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign it. However, if the Governor does not sign or veto the bill the within five days the bill becomes law. The House had approved this Continue Reading
- Grocers Line Up—Early—Against Biotech Salmon. What About Wal-Mart? Source: Bloomberg Businessweek (Thursday March 6, 2014)
- 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)