- Consumer Reports finds concerning levels of arsenic and lead in juice
Apple and grape juice tests show levels that can contribute to long-term health problems.
- USDA standard for naturally-raised meat sanctions unnatural practices
The last-minute regulation is misleading and falls short of consumer expectations
- Groups urge Kansas not to ban labeling of artificial growth hormone in milk
New poll shows 93 percent of consumers believe dairies should be able to label products as ‘rbGH-Free’
- Poll: Proposed “Organic” fish standards fall short
CU poll reveals that the USDA’s proposed standards for “organic” fish will fail to meet consumer expectations
- Coalition letter to the House about food safety
Salmonella, foodborne illnesses, recalls: now is the time for reforms of the Food and Drug Administration
- Reforms needed to protect nation’s food supply
FDA urgently needs greater funding and the authority to do its job.
- OH Governor urged to rescind rule on milk labels
The rule is not pro-consumer, restricts free speech rights of dairies, and interferes with free markets
- 90 groups and dairies urge Utah to not ban milk hormone labeling
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food hearing to be held.
- 93 groups and dairies urge Kansas to not ban milk hormone labeling
Recent similar attempts to ban rbgh-free labels in other states have failed
- Coalition of more than 40 groups sign letter urging that “USDA Organic” standards be upheld
If acted upon, their recommendations would allow fish to carry organic label–despite being raised under conditions that fail to meet basic USDA organic principles.
- 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
- Tests of Packaged Greens Reveal High Level of Bacteria; Are Organic or Loose Greens Clean?
Consumers Union recently tested bagged leafy greens and found bacteria in many samples, in some cases at rather high levels. A question that quickly comes to mind is whether organic salad greens, loose greens, or leafy greens from farmers’ markets, are cleaner or carry less risk of carrying pathogens like Salmonella or E. coli O157:H7.
- Working with the Sustainable Community to Make Food Safety a Reality
CU believes that FDA food safety reform legislation will not hamper the development of sustainable agriculture.
- Why the Waxman Bill is Better
This week, the San Francisco Chronicle published a front page article describing how in a quest for food safety, environmental havoc is being wreaked upon the Monterey Bay leafy green growing area. It describes how a farmer is ripping out plants because his big customers demand sterile buffers around his crops.
- Good Grief! Could it be true? UPDATED
The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FCLDF), a group primarily devoted to preserving the right to sell raw milk, has mounted a vociferous internet campaign to defeat HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act (FSEA), alleging that the bill will hurt small farms. The bill was recently received unanimous approval from the House Energy Continue Reading
- Peticide Industry Bugging Out on Obamas
The marketing geniuses for the pesticide industry really did not think this one through
- Don't give up on organic food, our experts urge Source: Consumer Reports (Wednesday September 5, 2012)
- Organic Foods No More Nutritious, Safe than Conventional, Study Says Source: Yahoo news (Monday September 3, 2012)
- Bagged greens: To wash or not to wash Source: LA Times (Monday January 30, 2012)