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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.

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  • 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

  • Delivering our holiday wish to Trader Joe’s, Christmas carol style

    The tune was Jingle Bells, but the lyrics weren’t quite the same: Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s We want meat without drugs Antibiotics on the farm Lead to superbu—uugs! Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s Come on – see the light Take a stand for human health Its time to do what’s right Christmas carolers joined Meat Without Continue Reading

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