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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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  • 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

  • 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, Change.org, (202) 684-2552, press@change.org ***PRESS RELEASE*** TODDLER’S TAINTED MEAT SCARE PROMPTS MOM TO FIGHT ANTIBIOTICS IN TRADER JOE’S MEAT SUPPLY Mom’s petition on Change.org 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

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