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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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  • 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

  • Over half million signatures delivered to Trader Joe’s in NYC

    Members of the Meat Without Drugs coalition yesterday delivered a petition to Trader Joe’s signed by nearly 560,000 people asking the company  to only sell meat raised without antibiotics. Standing alongside campaign mascot Joe the Pig, representatives from Consumers Union, MomsRising and Food & Water Watch all spoke to the need for meat producers to Continue Reading

  • 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

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