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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Why the delay on new food safety rules?

    Scary news for salad eaters this week:  organic baby spinach from California was recalled in 16 states because of Salmonella contamination. It was because of these kinds of pathogens infiltrating our food supply – and in particular two outbreaks associated with spinach and peanut butter that claimed several lives – that the Food Safety Modernization Act was 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

  • Like sprinkling antibiotics on Cheerios

    Fourteen illnesses, half of which required hospitalization, have now been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella-tainted beef sold at Hannaford’s, a New England supermarket chain. The company issued a recall last week of all ground beef with a sell by date of December 17 or earlier. The strain, Salmonella typhimurium, tested resistant to several classes of Continue Reading

  • Death toll climbs to 8 from Listeria-tainted Colorado cantaloupes, number likely to rise

    Listeria-tainted cantaloupe from Colorado is now being blamed for 8 deaths and 55 illnesses across 14 states, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which expects numbers to continue to rise. The outbreak is concentrated in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico and Oklahoma, although cases of infection have been confirmed from California to Maryland.  Continue Reading

  • Food Safety: Almost There, But Still in Peril

    On November 29, the Monday after Thanksgiving, the US Senate has a chance to bring about a major improvement in the safety of the nation’s food by passing S 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. 

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News Articles

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Should You Eat Chicken?
    Source: The New York Times (Tuesday October 15, 2020)
  • Poultry plants linked to outbreak won’t be closed
    Source: The Los Angeles Times (Thursday October 10, 2020)
  • Hundreds sickened in U.S. from salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken
    Source: Reuters (Monday October 7, 2020)
  • There’s a Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak and the Government’s Shut Down
    Source: Wired (Monday October 7, 2020)
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