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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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  • Put on your Hawaiian shirt and join us in NYC

    We’ve got over 500,000 petition signatures to Trader Joe’s, and we’re taking them to the streets of New York City! Consumers Union and Meat Without Drugs campaign partners will hold a press conference outside of Trader Joe’s Union Square store this Thursday, September 27th at 11am, where we’ll deliver over half a million petition signatures to Continue Reading

  • Op-ed: Trader Joe’s should only sell meat without drugs

    Check out our op-ed that ran today in Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, in honor of the new Trader Joe’s store that opened there last week. The piece talks about the absence of leadership from Congress or the FDA to ban the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed, and discusses our Meat Without Drugs campaign that’s urging Continue Reading

  • CU responds to inaccurate statement in NY Times organic article

    A New York Times article covering the recently-released study on organic food discussed the finding that organic meat contained lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional meat did, but went on to state that “bacteria, antibiotic-resistant or otherwise, would be killed during cooking.” If this were true, says Consumers Union’s Jean Halloran in a Letter to Continue Reading

  • Uproar over organic

    A new study released this week has caused a panic over organic, with news coverage blaring headlines calling into question the health benefits of organically produced foods. The report, produced by Stanford University researchers, looked at data from 240 studies comparing organic and conventional samples of produce and meat, and concluded that there is a Continue Reading

  • 400,000 demand Trader Joe’s give up antibiotic-fed meat

    Look for these labels to ensure your meat was raised without antibiotics: Organic No antibiotics, Raised without antibiotics, and other similar claims Not to be trusted: Natural. This claim is meaningless with regard to whether or not the animal was given antibiotics. For more details, click here. We’re dubbing these past few months the ‘Summer Continue Reading

  • Toddler’s tainted meat scare prompts mom to fight antibiotics in meat

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2012 CONTACT: Pulin Modi, Senior Campaigner,, (202) 684-2552, ***PRESS RELEASE*** TODDLER’S TAINTED MEAT SCARE PROMPTS MOM TO FIGHT ANTIBIOTICS IN TRADER JOE’S MEAT SUPPLY Mom’s petition on calls on Trader Joe’s to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ by banning meat from animals fed antibiotics. TROUTDALE, OR – 130,000 people Continue Reading

  • Did you take a flyer to Trader Joe’s? Tell us about it!

    A huge thanks to the thousands of you who downloaded our version of Trader Joe’s ‘Fearless Flyer’ and delivered it to your local store asking the company to only sell meat raised without antibiotics. We’ve heard some great stories across the country – from Maine to Georgia to California – about the response from staff, Continue Reading

  • CU refutes meat industry claims about antibiotics campaign

    Consumers Union this week fired back to a letter sent by meat producers to several members of Congress that called into question the accuracy of many facts laid out in our Meat On Drugs report regarding the industry’s use of antibiotics in livestock production. Released in June, ‘Meat On Drugs’ calls on meat producers to Continue Reading

  • USDA will investigate unapproved antibiotics labels

    Just two weeks after Consumer Reports issued our Meat on Drugs report criticizing, among other things, USDA’s system for overseeing labels on meat and poultry products that are raised without antibiotics, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sent a letter to Consumers Union indicating that the agency plans to establish a new standard and investigate the Continue Reading

  • 220K people (including Giada DeLaurentiis) tell the FDA to reign in animal antibiotics

    When the FDA released new guidelines in April on the use of antibiotics in livestock, Americans were given 90 days to tell them what we thought.   By the time the comment period closed last Thursday, July 12, over 220,000 people had already written in to tell the agency:  you can do better. The new guidelines Continue Reading

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