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  • A win for Pom is a win for consumers

    Consumers could be misled and tricked by the labeling on Minute Maid’s Pomegranate Blueberry flavored juice blend, said the Supreme Court yesterday in a unanimous decision that will allow the POM Wonderful Juice company to proceed with a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, maker of Minute Maid drinks. The point of contention is the label on the Minute Maid product, which announces Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports calls on Foster Farms to recall chicken tainted with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella

    This blog is cross-posted from ConsumerReports.org As part of our ongoing tests of meat and poultry, Consumer Reports has found a dangerous strain of Salmonella in a sample of Foster Farms raw chicken. The strain we found matches one of those associated with the current outbreak, which has now sickened close to 300 people in 17 Continue Reading

  • CDC: In humans and animals, antibiotics “should only be used to treat infections.” Period.

    A new report released by the CDC this week lays out the grim stats on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, citing 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year due to resistant bacteria. The agency points to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals as the number one reason behind the growing Continue Reading

  • In a step back for food safety, FDA weakens rules on salmonella in animal feed

    By Maureen Mahoney  Is the FDA doing enough to protect consumers from salmonella outbreaks? With illnesses related to salmonella continuing to pose a major threat to public health, we’d expect the FDA to take a strong regulatory stand against contamination of animal feed with salmonella bacteria. Instead of strengthening its protections, however, the FDA has Continue Reading

  • Double win for kids’ safety in new BPA & arsenic rules

    It doesn’t take a parent to know that exposing children to toxins in their juice or infant formula is a bad idea.   But a lot of us here at Consumers Union wear the badges of concerned parents (and grandparents) alongside our consumer advocate titles – and that’s why we’re doubly glad at two recent Continue Reading

  • Coming soon to a label near you?

    Two victories this week on the food labeling front may help consumers make more informed decisions at the grocery store – although the changes won’t happen overnight. Connecticut became the first state in the US to pass a bill requiring the labeling of food products containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.    Passed by an overwhelming Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports turkey tests find fewer superbugs in ‘no antibiotics’ meat samples

    The meat industry wants us to believe that routinely feeding antibiotics to animals is nothing to worry about. But a new investigation from Consumer Reports found plenty of reasons to be concerned. The study analyzed 257 samples of both conventional and ‘no antibiotics’ ground turkey from supermarket shelves and found widespread bacterial contamination.  But the  bacteria in Continue Reading

  • More evidence shows animals spread antibiotic-resistant infections to humans

    Evidence of the passing of the potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA from animals to humans just  grew stronger according to a new study out of the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge scientists, using DNA fingerprinting, matched MRSA superbugs in two different people to MRSA in the cows and sheep on the farms where they lived. 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

  • Fast action on arsenic in food!

    The latest issue of Consumer Reports features a powerful report on the presence of arsenic in rice and makes recommendations to both consumers and the government. Almost immediately, the FDA took steps to address the problem and lawmakers filed bills. We’re a long way from real reform, but this was a big first step. This Continue Reading

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