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 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
- CU expert to testify in Washington state on GE food
The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act would require labeling of any genetically engineered food sold in WA
- 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
- Grocery Retailers Rule Out Sale of Genetically Engineered Salmon
Genetically engineered salmon could soon be on its way to your local grocery store – but you won’t find it at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Aldi. These grocers are among the first to pledge not to sell the genetically modified fish if it is approved by the FDA for market. Several smaller chains, including Continue Reading
- Will you take action for GMO labeling?
Got a minute to make a few calls for a good cause this weekend? As part of the Yes on 37 campaign, we’re helping spread the word on behalf of our California coalition partners who are looking for volunteers to get out the vote on Prop 37 before Election Day. Prop 37 would require foods Continue Reading
- Lies, big money and criminal investigations
Lies, big money and criminal investigations. Sounds like the makings of a cable TV melodrama, not the fight over a voter ballot initiative. But the U.S. Department of Justice is now actively pursuing an investigation of a complaint that California’s No on 37 Campaign has made illegal use of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Continue Reading
- 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)
- Naked Juice Settles Suit Over 'All Natural' Claims Source: LA Weekly (Thursday July 18, 2013)
- U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of Gene-Modified Products Source: New York Times (Thursday June 20, 2013)
- Maine Legislature easily passes GMO food labeling bill, a blow to Monsanto Source: NY Daily News (Wednesday June 12, 2013)
- Scientists say new study shows pig health hurt by GMO feed Source: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday June 11, 2013)
- CT GMO Bill Heads to Governor Source: CBS (Monday June 3, 2013)
- GM salmon can breed with trout and harm ecosystem, warn scientists Source: The Telegraph (Wednesday May 29, 2013)