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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.

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  • 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: Grocers, shoppers can slow public health threat

    “Public health experts have been sounding the alarm that the antibiotics we all depend on to fight off deadly infections are losing their power,” kicks off an op-ed penned by Jean Halloran of Consumers Union in the the San Francisco Chronicle today. While doctors are trying to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs by only Continue Reading

  • Take a pledge against the “extravagant, inappropriate” use of antibiotics in meat production

    Before you fire up the grill for your July 4th celebration, we have a request.   Put down the mustard, step away from the relish, and ask yourself:  are the hot dogs sizzling on your holiday barbecue contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance? Animals raised for meat are routinely dosed with antibiotics to Continue Reading

  • San Franciscians: tell Trader Joe’s no more meat on drugs

    We know Bay Area folks have a lot of love for Trader Joe’s – after all, the city of San Francisco alone contains five Trader Joe’s stores within its mere 49 square miles. But what a lot of TJ’s shoppers don’t realize about one of their favorite grocery store chains is that much of the Continue Reading

  • We’ve been talking turkey

    Consumers Union activists have been making Congress sit up and listen about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics on healthy livestock. Incredibly, eighty percent of all antibiotics are given not to sick people but are sold for use in animals, mostly to make them grow faster and tolerate crowded and unsanitary factory farms.  That reckless practice Continue Reading

  • Loyal, misinformed employees defend Trader Joe’s on Facebook

    Trader Joe’s employees are a loyal bunch, so much so that many believe their beloved Joe can do no wrong.  So when a group of workers saw our Facebook post last week asking the company to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, the response was … notable. Getting past the name calling (and some colorful Continue Reading

  • Trader Joe’s responds on antibiotics issue, but still no commitment

    In response to hundreds of calls Trader Joe’s headquarters has been getting from customers asking them to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics, the company has issued a statement on their website. “We don’t presume to make choices for [customers],” it says, and points to some options shoppers have in their stores of organic and Continue Reading

  • Say it Ain’t So, Trader Joe

    For a company that says it listens to its customers, sometimes Trader Joe’s can be hard to reach.  And for a friendly ‘neighborhood grocery store,’ sometimes they’re not so friendly when you actually do. For almost a year, Consumers Union has been trying by various means to start a dialogue with the grocery chain on Continue Reading

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