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  • 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

  • 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

  • How safe is your pet food? Natura announces third safety recall this year

    Yesterday Nebraska-based Natura Pet Products Inc. announced yet another recall involving multiple brands of their dog, cat, and ferret food and treats after testing positive for Salmonella in one of their production facilities. This is the company’s third recall this year, which comes on the heels of recalls in March and April involving many of Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pork

    A new Consumer Reports study released today warns shoppers that they may be getting more than they bargain for in their packages of pork. Tests of pork chops and ground pork found widespread contamination by several different bacteria, much of which showed resistance to one or more antibiotics used in human medicine. The study points 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

  • Tips To Limit Your Exposure To Arsenic In Rice Products

    Consumer Reports latest investigation has found troubling levels of arsenic in many of the 200 rice products we tested, everything from brown rice to infant cereal – even some popular name-brand cereals.  We’ve compiled some tips to help you cut your risk of exposure to this possibly dangerous carcinogen: Test your water. If your home is not on Continue Reading

  • How does arsenic get into rice anyway? (infographic)

    Having trouble viewing this?   Try this version. Complete Consumer Reports Arsenic In Rice Results

  • CU responds to inaccurate statement in NY Times organic article

    A New York Times article covering the recently-released study on organic food discussed the finding that organic meat contained lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional meat did, but went on to state that “bacteria, antibiotic-resistant or otherwise, would be killed during cooking.” If this were true, says Consumers Union’s Jean Halloran in a Letter to Continue Reading

  • Toddler’s tainted meat scare prompts mom to fight antibiotics in meat

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2020 CONTACT: Pulin Modi, Senior Campaigner,, (202) 684-2552, [email protected] ***PRESS RELEASE*** TODDLER’S TAINTED MEAT SCARE PROMPTS MOM TO FIGHT ANTIBIOTICS IN TRADER JOE’S MEAT SUPPLY Mom’s petition on calls on Trader Joe’s to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ by banning meat from animals fed antibiotics. TROUTDALE, OR – 130,000 people Continue Reading

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News Articles

  • Consumer Reports: Pregnant women should avoid tuna altogether
    Source: CBS News (Thursday August 21, 2020)
  • USDA outlines plan to fight salmonella
    Source: The Los Angeles Times (Wednesday December 4, 2020)
  • Antibiotic use in agriculture encourages superbugs
    Source: The Baltimore Sun (Thursday November 7, 2020)
  • Editorial: Urgent action needed on ‘superbugs’
    Source: The Sacramento Bee (Saturday November 2, 2020)
  • F.D.A. Finds 12% of U.S. Spice Imports Contaminated
    Source: The New York Times (Wednesday October 30, 2020)
  • Food for thought on what we eat
    Source: Seattle Times (Wednesday October 23, 2020)
  • Scientists’ Ties to Food Industry Raise Questions in Europe
    Source: The New York Times (Wednesday October 23, 2020)
  • Report: Feeding antibiotics to livestock is bad for humans, but Congress won’t stop it
    Source: Washington Post (Tuesday October 22, 2020)
  • Continuing Salmonella Outbreaks
    Source: The New York Times (Friday October 18, 2020)
  • Warnings as salmonella strains resist antibiotics
    Source: San Francisco Gate (Wednesday October 16, 2020)
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