Meat without Drugs
Many dangerous strains of bacteria are now resistant to most common antibiotics. Yet we continue to saturate our environment with antibiotics to promote the growth of livestock raised in crowded and unsanitary conditions. We must preserve our antibiotics, while improving life for our animals.
Consumers Union Documents
- 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
- Tampa Bay Times Ad Urges Trader Joe’s To Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics
Ad highlights how the overuse of antibiotics by the meat industry on healthy livestock threatens public health by making these medications less effective for treating disease.
- Consumers Union won’t “Butt Out” of animal antibiotics campaign
The following letter was submitted to the Idaho Statesman in response to ads that ran this week targeting CU and demanding we “butt out” of Idaho and our campaign asking Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. March 13, 2020 To the Editor: The full page ad by Tree Top Ranch that ran Continue Reading
- Boise Statesman Ad Urges Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics
Over 650,000 consumers across the country have called on Trader Joe’s to be an industry leader on this critical public health issue.
- Chick-fil-A praised for “No-Antibiotics” chicken pledge
Company announces it will only sell chicken raised without antibiotics within five years
- Ad Urges Trader Joe’s To Help Curb A Major Public Health Crisis
Campaign Calls On Grocer To Stop Selling Meat Raised On Antibiotics
- New Trader Joe’s in Colorado is target of Meat Without Drugs campaign
Consumers Union urges grocer to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics
- Consumer Reports: Potentially harmful bacteria found on 97 percent of chicken breasts tested
About half of samples tested had at least one bacteria resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics
- FDA action on antibiotics an important first step, but more action needed
Much work remains to address antibiotics use in disease prevention and reporting of antibiotic use
- Open Letter from Consumers Union to Trader Joe’s CEO, Dan Bane
October 29, 2020 Dan Bane, CEO Trader Joe’s 800 Shamrock Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016 Dear Mr. Bane, For over a year now, Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, has been urging you to consider the real harm to public health that Trader Joe’s is contributing to by selling meat from animals routinely fed Continue Reading
- Letter to the President from The Antibiotic Working Group
This letter from over 30 medical, public health, and sustainable agriculture communities urges Obama to end the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production.
- #19: Trader Joe’s (still) sells meat raised on antibiotics
Read Buzzfeed’s 18 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Trader Joe’s, and you’ll learn some tidbits about Hawaiian shirts and ginger snaps. But the thing we find pretty incredible (perhaps #19?) is that this company still continues to stock its shelves with meat from animals raised on antibiotics. We know Trader Joe’s customers expect better. Continue Reading
- A turning tide on antibiotic-raised meat
” A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill– is a very real possibility for the 21st century.” “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives.” You’d think that these kinds of alarm bells sounded by not-so-alarmist organizations as Continue Reading
- Are you a Food Patriot? You will be soon! Join us for the online screening 2/26
At 15, Sam Spitz was on the top of the world. He pitched varsity baseball as a freshman, sprouted three inches in the off-season. Pro scouts even came calling. Then he ate a chicken caeser salad that changed his life. Within three days Sam was doubled over and headed to the emergency room. Sickened with Continue Reading
- Rocky Mountain love for the Meat Without Drugs campaign
The Meat Without Drugs team rocked the Rockies last week for the opening of three Trader Joe’s stores in Colorado on February 14th. The company opened its first stores in the state – two in Denver and one in Boulder – and the team was overwhelmed by support for our campaign asking Trader Joe’s to Continue Reading
- Chick-Fil-A pledges to sell chicken raised without antibiotics
Fast food chain Chick-Fil-A announced today that within five years all of the chicken sold at their restaurants will be raised without antibiotics, marking “the first time a quick service restaurant has committed to a 100 percent ‘raised without antibiotics’ standard for poultry,” says PR Newswire. In their online statement, Chick-Fil-A says the company is “collaborating Continue Reading
- Help Get Joe Off Drugs, Colorado!
Hey Coloradans! Do you love meat raised without antibiotics? We do! Come out this Valentine’s Day and help us show the love. Together we’ll ask the three new Trader Joe’s stores in the Boulder/Denver area to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics. Our Meat Without Drugs campaign is working to convince grocery stores – starting Continue Reading
- Sing along! Our holiday message to Trader Joe’s
Dashing Through Trader Joe’s Dashing through Trader Joe’s, With a red cart as my sleigh. Through the shelves I roam, Shopping all the way But then I spy the meat I don’t know what to pick Was this meat given drugs? If so it really makes me ticked. Oh, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s please end Continue Reading
- Get Smart About Antibiotics, starting with your turkey
Ever had strep? A UTI? You probably ran to the drug store with a scribbled prescription for antibiotics and felt a whole lot better within a couple of days. It’s a scenario we all take for granted. But the CDC is sounding the alarm that antibiotic resistance “is considered one of the world’s most critical Continue Reading
- Everyone Wants A Revolution: Chipotle’s ad campaign looks familiar
They say that imitation is the biggest form of flattery in which case we are really flattered by Chipotle’s marketing campaign. Our own Joe the Pig took up the revolutionary cause to get antibiotics off the farm and now Chipotle’s El Pig, along with pigs all over the world, are ready to take up hooves. Continue Reading
- Who needs ghouls when you’ve got superbugs?
Guy in a Halloween costume – or campaign mascot? It’s probably a little tougher than usual to tell on Halloween but folks on the streets of Berkeley today encountered Joe the Pig asking Trader Joe’s to ‘get me off drugs’ and, in the spirit of the day, handing out ‘superbug’ Halloween candy to customers. Continue Reading
- Let’s Address the State of Food Source: New York TImes (Monday January 19, 2020)
- The uphill battle fast food giants face in 2015 Source: CNBC (Friday January 2, 2020)
- Veterinarians face conflicting allegiances to animals, farmers – and drug companies Source: Reuters (Tuesday December 23, 2020)
- Panera takes another step toward ethical meat practices Source: Fortune (Wednesday December 17, 2020)
- Carl’s Jr. to roll out ‘natural’ burger Source: USA Today (Tuesday December 9, 2020)
- Big U.S. school districts plan switch to antibiotic-free chicken Source: Reuters (Tuesday December 9, 2020)
- Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused by farmers Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Thursday December 4, 2020)
- Senators Ask FDA to Track Antibiotic Use on Farms Source: PBS Frontline (Thursday November 13, 2020)
- Doctors, Activists Call For Banning Antibiotic Use On Healthy Animals Source: CBS Chicago (Thursday October 23, 2020)
- Consumer Reports Poll Finds Doctors Concerned About Animal Antibiotic Use Source: Food Safety News (Friday October 24, 2020)