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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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  • 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

  • Pork Production Must Address Safety Issues

    by Jean Halloran, Director, Food Policy Initiatives, Consumers Union Consumers Union thinks government regulators and pork producers need to take some additional steps to insure the safety of pork. Last month, Consumer Reports released a major new study on the safety of pork that found that 69 precent of the pork chops and ground pork tested contained Yersinia Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pork

    A new Consumer Reports study released today warns shoppers that they may be getting more than they bargain for in their packages of pork. Tests of pork chops and ground pork found widespread contamination by several different bacteria, much of which showed resistance to one or more antibiotics used in human medicine. The study points Continue Reading

  • Talking turkey to Trader Joe’s

    It’s been several months since we first asked Trader Joe’s to be a public health leader and stop selling meat raised on antibiotics.   But so far the company has refused to meet with us, and continues to fall back on the argument  that they give shoppers a choice of meats (which misses the point). Continue Reading

  • Animals need to ‘get smart’ about antibiotics too

    Hear, hear for the CDC which today kicks off its annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week to highlight the appropriate use of antibiotics and the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The agency emphasizes the need for doctors and patients to work together to improve the careful use of antibiotics in order to preserve these critical medications Continue Reading

  • Shop with Joe the Pig

    We’re making huge progress in our campaign to get Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised with antibiotics thanks to thousands of you that have signed petitions, taken flyers to local stores and sent emails to company execs. How else can you show your support for no-antibiotics meat?  Check out our new  ‘Joe the Pig’ Continue Reading

  • Bill would require new reporting on antibiotics use in meat production

    We already know that an estimated 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are given to livestock.  But what kind of antibiotics, in what quantities, and for what purpose? Rep. Harry Waxman (D-CA) held a press event this week announcing his plan to introduce a new bill to the House called the ‘DATA’ Act (Delivering Continue Reading

  • Trader Joe’s responds to consumers – and misses the point

    We’re hearing from supporters of our “meat without drugs” campaign that they’re getting email responses from Trader Joe’s. The company still won’t meet with us, so we’re glad to hear they at least care what consumers think.  But we’ve taken a look at their email response, and Trader Joe’s just doesn’t get the point of Continue Reading

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