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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A Gut Reaction: America's Obesity Epidemic may be caused by its favorite drug Source: Newsweek (Friday November 29, 2013)
- The growing antibiotic crisis: Subtherapeutic use on factory farms is creating drug-resistant superbugs Source: Buffalo News (Sunday December 1, 2013)
- Calling fowl: How to pick the most humane turkey for Thanksgiving Source: Grist (Tuesday November 26, 2013)
- Foster Farms Chicken Lawsuit Will Focus on Antibiotic Resistance Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin (Friday November 22, 2013)
- Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future Source: Medium (Wednesday November 20, 2013)
- Aw crap! Antibiotic-resistant bacteria surfacing in animal poop Source: Salon (Saturday November 16, 2013)
- Are Farm Veterinarians Pushing Too Many Antibiotics? Source: National Public Radio (Friday November 1, 2013)
- Antibiotic use in agriculture encourages superbugs Source: The Baltimore Sun (Thursday November 7, 2013)
- Editorial: Urgent action needed on ‘superbugs’ Source: The Sacramento Bee (Saturday November 2, 2013)
- OP-ED: Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long Source: USA Today (Sunday October 27, 2013)