Meat without Drugs
Many dangerous strains of bacteria are now resistant to most common antibiotics. Yet we continue to saturate our environment with antibiotics to promote the growth of livestock raised in crowded and unsanitary conditions. We must preserve our antibiotics, while improving life for our animals.
Consumers Union Documents
- 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.
- 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
- The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Threatens Public Health
Experts weigh in on the connection between antibiotic use in animals and the loss of effectiveness of these drugs in human medicine
- Take this flyer to Trader Joe’s!
Trader Joe’s needs to hear from you, their customers! Download our version of their ‘Fearless Flyer’ and take it with you the next time you shop. Get instructions and download the flyer here!
- Read the report: “Meat On Drugs: The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals & What Supermarkets and Consumers Can Do to Stop It”
Click here to see the full report.
- What’s in a name: Reading meat labels about antibiotic use
Consumers can have a very high level of trust that any meat and poultry labeled “USDA Organic” has never been given any antibiotics at any stage of production. Organic producers follow strict USDA guidelines in order to use the label on their products, which indicates that many healthful and environmentally sound practices were employed in Continue Reading
- Will meat raised without antibiotics cost more?
Meat and poultry raised without antibiotics does not have to be expensive. In the Consumer Reports shopper survey, prices of such meat and poultry varied considerably depending on store, type of meat (beef, pork, chicken, turkey) and cut. In some cases our shoppers found prices that were actually lower than the national average. For example, while the national average price in March Continue Reading
- 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
- FDA action on antibiotics an important first step, but more action needed
Much work remains to address antibiotics use in disease prevention and reporting of antibiotic use
- 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.
- Consumer groups urge USDA to strengthen oversight of poultry
USDA should declare antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella as adulterants
- 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
- CDC Report Shows Growing Threat Posed By Antibiotic Resistance
Monday, September 16, 2013, 1pm ET Consumers Union Calls For Stronger Action to Curb Antibiotic Overuse And To Prevent The Spread Of Deadly Infections in Hospitals WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to public health that is undermining Continue Reading
- Meat Without Drugs Campaign Targets New Austin Trader Joe’s
New store asked not to sell meat from animals raised with the routine use of antibiotics.
- CR poll: Trader Joe’s doesn’t live up to its customers’ expectations on antibiotics and meat
Majority of Trader Joe’s shoppers agree grocer should stop selling meat and poultry raised on antibiotics
- SF Chronicle Ad Urges Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised on Antibiotics
Ad calls on company to end this practice that contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistance.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Poll Results Infographic: Why is Trader Joe’s Ignoring Their Customers?
Click the image to download a full resolution PDF and read the details here
- Poll of Trader Joe’s customers shows rift between company, consumers on antibiotic-raised meat
Talk about having faith in a company to do the right thing: a whopping 95% of Trader Joe’s customers believe that the company avoids products that may harm public health or the environment, according to a poll released today by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. But when it comes to selling meat raised on antibiotics, 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)
- 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)
- F.D.A. Bans Three Arsenic Drugs Used in Poultry and Pig Feeds Source: The New York Times (Tuesday October 1, 2013)
- Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths a Year, C.D.C. Finds Source: The New York Times (Monday September 16, 2013)
- Riots, Rage and Resistance: A Brief History of How Antibiotics Arrived on the Farm Source: Scientific American (Tuesday September 3, 2013)
- Unintended consequences of antibiotics on the farm Source: Houston Chronicle (Tuesday September 3, 2013)