Consumers Union Documents
- The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Threatens Public Health
Experts weigh in on the connection between antibiotic use in animals and the loss of effectiveness of these drugs in human medicine
- CR advises against buying or using any raw chicken produced from three Foster Farms plants
Expanded advice based on USDA letter to plants expressing safety concerns
- CR tests finds salmonella outbreak strain in sample of foster farms raw chicken
Organization calls on Foster Farms to recall chicken from associated plants
- CU Highlights Overuse of Drugs in Food Animals for “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”
Consumers Union Urges Major Reduction of Antibiotics in Food Animal Production To Protect Public Health Consumer Group Highlights The Overuse of Drugs In Food Animals During CDC’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” YONKERS, NY — Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today called for a major reduction in the 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
- UPDATE: record-breaking half billion egg recall
A second Iowa company reporting Salmonella-tainted eggs added to the already-massive egg recall this weekend, making it one of the largest in history.
- CR Safety Blog: Tender is the Steak, But Risky Too
Recall of approximately a quarter million pounds of beef due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
- CONSUMER REPORTS: TWO-THIRDS OF CHICKENS TESTED HARBOR DANGEROUS BACTERIA
USDA Must Make Chicken Less Risky to Eat; Consumers Shouldn’t Have to Play Roulette with Poultry
- Nestlé Talks Cookie Testing
After mysterious outbreak of E. coli Nestlé is increasing testing.
- Strain of Salmonella linked to outbreak found in second type of pepper
From the Consumer Reports Safety Blog. An expanded warning on peppers—this time including serranos from Mexico—has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after it was discovered that both a sample of a pepper and a sample of irrigation water collected on a farm in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico contain Salmonella Continue Reading
- Salmonella-laced tomatoes poop us out
While more people get diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps from eating salmonella-laced tomatoes, the FDA is still trying to hunt down the source of the outbreak.
- Elisa in Wonkland
- Out-Breaking News!
Just in time for Halloween, health officials announced another bacterial outbreak linked to produce. This time its salmonella and 172 people in 18 states have been sickened. Officials haven’t pinpointed the exact culprit yet, but tomatoes are on the short list.
- Antibiotic use in agriculture encourages superbugs Source: The Baltimore Sun (Thursday November 7, 2013)
- OP-ED: Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long Source: USA Today (Sunday October 27, 2013)
- Food for thought on what we eat Source: Seattle Times (Wednesday October 23, 2013)
- Hundreds sickened in U.S. from salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken Source: Reuters (Monday October 7, 2013)
- There’s a Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak and the Government’s Shut Down Source: Wired (Monday October 7, 2013)
- Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths a Year, C.D.C. Finds Source: The New York Times (Monday September 16, 2013)
- Imported cheese linked to 3 deaths, 14 hospitalizations Source: CNN (Wednesday September 12, 2012)