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  • Comments to the USDA regarding Country of Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken

    In January of 2009, USDA published a final rule on COOL that covered Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Goat Meat, Wild and Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish, Perishable Agricultural Commodities, Peanuts, Pecans, Ginseng, and Macadamia Nuts. Almost immediately, a number of countries challenged the COOL requirements for muscle cut meat commodities, saying that the US COOL regulations discriminated against the importing country’s product.

  • CU letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack regarding pork safety

    CU informs the USDA of new findings on pathogens in pork products appearing in the January 2013 issue of CR

  • CU letter to USDA regarding arsenic in rice

    Consumer Reports released an article involving findings on arsenic levels in rice and rice-based products

  • What should the government do to regulate antibiotics?

    Consumers Union recommends government take the following actions to end the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production. Congress While consumer pressure may be a more immediate catalyst for moving livestock producers away from using antibiotics, a long-term and more permanent legislative or regulatory solution would be ideal.  A bill that has been introduced in Congress, the Preservation Continue Reading

  • Consumer Opinion Poll on Antibiotics in Animal Feed

    Survey Research Report, Consumer Reports® National Research Center

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • USDA will investigate unapproved antibiotics labels

    Just two weeks after Consumer Reports issued our Meat on Drugs report criticizing, among other things, USDA’s system for overseeing labels on meat and poultry products that are raised without antibiotics, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sent a letter to Consumers Union indicating that the agency plans to establish a new standard and investigate the Continue Reading

  • The fight over regulations, and why it’s important to you

    by Ami Gadhia and Jean Halloran You may have heard a lot recently about Washington D.C. and its ‘regulations’ – probably not much of it good. Politicians and others have been talking about doing away with federal regulations, and the Senate is set to consider several bills that will make it a lot tougher for Continue Reading

  • USDA tweets answers to your July 4th food safety questions

    “Is there a safe way to serve marinade that had raw meat in it?”    “Can I serve potato salad outside?” These were just a couple of the issues tackled by the USDA today during a live chat on Twitter, with questions asked and answered in real time about food safety before the July 4th Continue Reading

  • USDA unveils MyPlate

    Today, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new tool designed to help consumers make healthier food choices. The MyPlate food icon is an easy-to-understand guide to help Americans build healthier meals and is part of the larger initiative to combat obesity. The graphic emphasizes the need to Continue Reading

  • Recalled beef? There’s an app for that.

    A sign of the times: government agencies are now alerting the public of food and product recalls through their new Products Recall app for smartphones.

  • Food Safety Reporter Wins 2010 Pulitzer Prize

    Michael Moss and members of The New York Times Staff won the 2010 Pulitzer for relentlessly covering food safety issues.

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