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.
- New bill would require disclosure of antibiotics used in meat production
Rep. Henry Waxman plans to introduce bill that would provide new information to the FDA on use of antibiotics in food animals.
- Nearly 560,000 Call on Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised on Antibiotics
CU hosts press event at Union Square flagship store to deliver petition signatures to the grocer
- Meat Without Drugs campaign targets new Trader Joe’s stores
Consumers Union urges the grocery store to sell only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics
- Consumers Union rebuts meat industry letter on Meat Without Drugs campaign
Letter to two Congressional committees refutes industry claims about Consumers Union’s recently released report and campaign.
- Consumer Reports releases “Meat On Drugs” study; Consumers Union launches marketplace campaign
Report offers details on national supermarket chains that sell meat raised without antibiotics, a consumer poll on the issue and recommendations for shoppers. New campaign, “Meat Without Drugs” asks grocery retailer Trader Joe’s to only source meat raised without antibiotics.
- CU letter to USDA expresses concern about confusing claims about antibiotics on meat packages
June 18, 2012 Tom Vilsack, Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary US Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20250 Dear Secretary Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Merrigan: Consumer Reports and its advocacy arm, Consumers Union, have recently conducted a shopping scan of labels on more than 1,000 packages of meat from stores across the Continue Reading
- Consumers Union on FDA Guidance for Antibiotics in Animal Feed
Expresses disappointment at new guidelines that are voluntary for the meat industry
- More evidence shows animals spread antibiotic-resistant infections to humans
Evidence of the passing of the potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA from animals to humans just grew stronger according to a new study out of the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge scientists, using DNA fingerprinting, matched MRSA superbugs in two different people to MRSA in the cows and sheep on the farms where they lived. Continue Reading
- Congress introduces bill to curb antibiotics in food animals
Recently the CDC raised the alarm about antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs) and the implications they have on public health in the United States. A report from Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, warned that “our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections.” Citing the connection Continue Reading
- Call grows for action on antibiotics in food animals
There’s been a growing call for action in recent weeks to address the threat to public health posed by the routine use of antibiotics in healthy food animals. It’s no wonder given years of inaction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and mounting evidence that the overuse of antibiotics in meat production is getting worse. Continue Reading
- Trader Joe’s employees offer misleading claims about their meat
Ask a Trader Joe’s employee about the meat in your shopping basket, and you may or may not get an answer based on, well, facts. We’ve received reports from over 100 people who talked to Trader Joe’s managers, employees and customer service reps across the country with the request that the company stop selling meat Continue Reading
- Trader Joe’s, we’re not feeling the love
Trader Joe’s: we’ve got a message for you this Valentine’s Day. Your customers tell us they love you for a lot of reasons. Your salsa. Your trek mix. Your kid-sized shopping carts. One cat even says he loves your reusable shopping bags. But love and hate make up any relationship – and they hate that Continue Reading
- On Chinese hog farms, antibiotic resistance is ‘diverse and abundant’
Antibiotics in China’s livestock: widely used and largely unmonitored. A new study out today in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tested manure, compost and soil at three large-scale commercial hog farms in China (10,000+ pigs), finding not only antibiotic residues but widespread antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, bacteria tested showed resistance to every Continue Reading
- Antibiotics use in meat production continues to go up, up up
New data out this week from the FDA points to an ever-increasing amount of antibiotics sold in the US for livestock, now up to 29.9 million pounds annually. Antibiotics for humans, however, continued to stay constant at about 7.7 million pounds. A great infographic by Pew Charitable Trusts includes this chart of livestock vs. human Continue Reading
- Pork under fire? We agree.
Consumers Union has the pork industry “on the spit” according to meat industry mag Meatingplace, which cites Consumer Reports’ recent expose on pork products that harbored bacteria, many of which proved resistant to one or more types of antibiotics. The article, titled “Pork Under Fire,” says that between Consumers Union pointing to the problems with Continue Reading
- Why Trader Joe’s? Why now?
Consumers Union has taken a stand against the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production for decades – about 40 years, in fact. In that time however, we’ve seen little action by regulatory agencies or lawmakers to curb this practice that is increasingly contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. In light of that, Consumers Union Continue Reading
- Get your resolution on: say no to meat on drugs
Making resolutions for 2013? How about one that’s good for you, good for public health, and easy to keep past January? This year say, “No more!” to meat raised with antibiotics. You can do it! As Consumer Reports found in a study released last year, meat raised without antibiotics is now available at most grocery Continue Reading
- Are Antibiotics on the Farm Risky Business? Source: NPR (Thursday July 11, 2013)
- Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms Source: New York Times (Tuesday July 9, 2013)
- Grocers, shoppers can slow public health threat Source: SF Chronicle (Monday July 8, 2013)
- Save antibiotics' strength for sick people: editorial Source: The Plain Dealer (Friday June 7, 2013)
- Pressure Grows to Create Drugs for ‘Superbugs’ Source: New York Times (Sunday June 2, 2013)
- Trader Joe's urged to stop selling meat raised with antibiotics Source: Chicago Tribune (Wednesday May 29, 2013)
- Half of Smithfield's U.S. pork will soon be off ractopamine Source: Reuters (Tuesday May 14, 2013)
- Regulate the use of antibiotics on farm animals Source: Denver Post (Thursday May 9, 2013)
- Antibiotics used in livestock lead to superbugs Source: Poughkeepsie Journal (Tuesday May 7, 2013)
- Trader Joe's targeted for meat with antibiotics, candy with lead Source: LA Times (Friday May 3, 2013)