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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • FDA says no more BPA in baby bottles

    New parents have one less thing to worry about after the FDA’s announcement today that baby bottles and kids’ sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol A, or BPA, a common chemical in plastic products. Consumers Union has long advocated for banning BPA from baby bottles (and other products such as infant formula containers and Continue Reading

  • 220K people (including Giada DeLaurentiis) tell the FDA to reign in animal antibiotics

    When the FDA released new guidelines in April on the use of antibiotics in livestock, Americans were given 90 days to tell them what we thought.   By the time the comment period closed last Thursday, July 12, over 220,000 people had already written in to tell the agency:  you can do better. The new guidelines Continue Reading

  • FDA ordered to follow its own orders, 35 years later

    On May 21, the Food and Drug Administration filed an appeal to overturn a decision by a federal court judge ordering the agency to take action on its own 35-year-old proposal that would ban the use of certain antibiotics in animal feed.  If the decision is upheld, FDA will be required to hold hearings to determine Continue Reading

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