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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

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Press Releases

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Blog Posts

  • #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

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News Articles

  • 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)
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