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
- 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
- Boise Statesman Ad Urges Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics
Over 650,000 consumers across the country have called on Trader Joe’s to be an industry leader on this critical public health issue.
- Chick-fil-A praised for “No-Antibiotics” chicken pledge
Company announces it will only sell chicken raised without antibiotics within five years
- Ad Urges Trader Joe’s To Help Curb A Major Public Health Crisis
Campaign Calls On Grocer To Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics
- New Trader Joe’s in Colorado is target of Meat Without Drugs campaign
Consumers Union urges grocer to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics
- Consumer Reports: Potentially harmful bacteria found on 97 percent of chicken breasts tested
About half of samples tested had at least one bacteria resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics
- 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
- Chick-Fil-A pledges to sell chicken raised without antibiotics
Fast food chain Chick-Fil-A announced today that within five years all of the chicken sold at their restaurants will be raised without antibiotics, marking “the first time a quick service restaurant has committed to a 100 percent ‘raised without antibiotics’ standard for poultry,” says PR Newswire. In their online statement, Chick-Fil-A says the company is “collaborating Continue Reading
- Help Get Joe Off Drugs, Colorado!
Hey Coloradans! Do you love meat raised without antibiotics? We do! Come out this Valentine’s Day and help us show the love. Together we’ll ask the three new Trader Joe’s stores in the Boulder/Denver area to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. Our Meat Without Drugs campaign is working to convince grocery stores – starting Continue Reading
- Sing along! Our holiday message to Trader Joe’s
Dashing Through Trader Joe’s Dashing through Trader Joe’s, With a red cart as my sleigh. Through the shelves I roam, Shopping all the way But then I spy the meat I don’t know what to pick Was this meat given drugs? If so it really makes me ticked. Oh, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s please end Continue Reading
- 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
- Why Are There Still So Many Antibiotics In America's Meat? Source: Prevention Magazine (Tuesday February 25, 2014)
- Trader Joe's urged to drop meat from animals raised with antibiotics Source: LA Times (Monday February 24, 2014)
- Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening Source: NPR (Wednesday February 19, 2014)
- Drugs and meat: Trader Joe's opening opens conversation Source: Boulder Daily Camera (Friday February 14, 2014)
- Advocacy Group Targets Trader Joe’s Over Meat Raised On Antibiotics Source: CBS Denver (Tuesday February 11, 2014)
- Chick-fil-A will switch to antibiotic-free chicken -- but in five years? Source: LA Times (Wednesday February 12, 2014)
- Consumer group presses Trader Joe's on meat antibiotics Source: Denver Post (Tuesday February 11, 2014)
- The F.D.A.’s Not-Really-Such-Good-News Source: New York Times (Tuesday December 17, 2013)
- Use of antibiotics in animals contribute to 23,000 American deaths a year Source: CBS News (Wednesday December 11, 2013)
- F.D.A. Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock Source: New York Times (Wednesday December 11, 2013)