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.
- Pink slime or just beef? The battle wages on.
Casting the recent pink slime outrage as a “smear campaign” on a nutritious beef product, the governors of three mega meat-producing states are calling for a rebranding of its image. At a press event last week, the governors of Texas, Iowa and Kansas chowed down on burgers made with lean finely textured beef (aka pink Continue Reading
- Beef industry says pink slime “absolutely edible”; consumers wary
A former USDA scientist is blowing the whistle on ‘pink slime’, a concoction of leftover beef scraps and connective tissue treated with ammonia hydroxide that’s commonly added to ground beef. “It’s economic fraud,” microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein told ABC News. “It’s not fresh ground beef. … It’s a cheap substitute being added in.” Invented by the Continue Reading
- Congresswoman asks: What’s in the beef?
One member of Congress has a question for the restaurants, retailers and processors who sell meat: “What’s in the beef?” And while they’re at it, she wants to know about pork and poultry too. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has asked 60 companies to disclose their policies on antibiotic use in meat and poultry. “The US Continue Reading
- FDA announces new restrictions on antibiotics for animals
The FDA revealed new restrictions this week on the use of one type of antibiotics, cephalosporins, in food animals in order to help reduce the risk of resistance to these drugs in humans. Cephalosporins are used to treat human illnesses such as pneumonia and several kinds of infections. In food animals, such as cattle, swine, Continue Reading
- Like sprinkling antibiotics on Cheerios
Fourteen illnesses, half of which required hospitalization, have now been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella-tainted beef sold at Hannaford’s, a New England supermarket chain. The company issued a recall last week of all ground beef with a sell by date of December 17 or earlier. The strain, Salmonella typhimurium, tested resistant to several classes of Continue Reading
- What are they pumping into your chicken?
Chicken companies are pulling a fast one on consumers. In a common practice the industry likes to call ‘enhancing’ or ‘plumping’, chicken is injected with water, salt and other additives to help it stay juicier and more flavorful. The package may tell you the chicken is “enhanced with chicken broth” – but what’s actually in Continue Reading
- Death toll climbs to 8 from Listeria-tainted Colorado cantaloupes, number likely to rise
Listeria-tainted cantaloupe from Colorado is now being blamed for 8 deaths and 55 illnesses across 14 states, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which expects numbers to continue to rise. The outbreak is concentrated in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico and Oklahoma, although cases of infection have been confirmed from California to Maryland. Continue Reading
- CONSUMER REPORTS: TWO-THIRDS OF CHICKENS TESTED HARBOR DANGEROUS BACTERIA
USDA Must Make Chicken Less Risky to Eat; Consumers Shouldn’t Have to Play Roulette with Poultry
- Tales from the Crypt: Gross Food Stories
True Stories are always scarier: Feeding cow parts and chicken poop to cattle
- Tales from the Crypt of Gross Food- Are you what you eat?
- Will humans lose the battle with microbes? Source: LA Times (Monday August 6, 2012)
- Danger lurking on your dinner table Source: Fox News (Friday July 13, 2012)
- Resistance to antibiotics is becoming a crisis Source: Washington Post (Tuesday July 10, 2012)
- Superbug Dangers in Chicken Linked to 8 Million At-Risk Women Source: CBS News (Wednesday July 11, 2012)
- Antibiotic-free meat and poultry score high in Consumer Reports survey Source: Washington Post (Monday July 9, 2012)
- Rep. Slaughter Releases Survey Results on Antibiotics in Food Source: Food Safety News (Thursday July 5, 2012)
- Meat and 'superbugs' (editorial) Source: Washington Post (Sunday July 1, 2012)
- Pig Out (editorial) Source: Nature (Wednesday June 27, 2012)
If farmers do not rein in the use of antibiotics for livestock, people will be severely affected.
- Grocers pressured over use of antibiotics Source: San Antonio Express News (Wednesday June 27, 2012)
- Trader Joe's prodded to drop meat with antibiotics Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Wednesday June 27, 2012)