400,000 demand Trader Joe’s give up antibiotic-fed meat
By Consumers Union on Friday, August 24th, 2012
- No antibiotics, Raised without antibiotics, and other similar claims
Not to be trusted: Natural. This claim is meaningless with regard to whether or not the animal was given antibiotics.
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We’re dubbing these past few months the ‘Summer of Meat’ — not just for the grilling, but because hundreds of thousands of you have signed a petition asking grocer Trader Joe’s to only sell meat raised without antibiotics.
Launched in June, our Meat Without Drugs campaign is working to end the overuse of antibiotics in meat production by asking grocery stores, starting with Trader Joe’s, to only source meat from suppliers that do not routinely use antibiotics in their animals. And 400,000 Americans are standing with us — with more joining each day. (If you haven’t added your name yet, you still can do so here)!
Along with our campaign partners, the petition has seen added support from online petition and activism sites Change.org, Credo Action and Care2, which helped attract hundreds of thousands of new supporters to the cause.
That includes people like Melissa Lee, a young mom from Troutdale, Ore., whose daughter, Ruby, nearly died at 10 months of age from eating ground turkey tainted with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella.
“Trader Joe’s has taken a stand against GMOs, artificial colors, preservatives, and trans fats in their food. They should be a leader in eliminating meat from livestock treated with antibiotics. Until stores like Trader Joe’s stop this practice, families will continue to be exposed to health risks like the ones Ruby faced,” said Lee, who started a petition on Change.org’s site.
We’re also excited about the huge response from those of you who are making an even bigger impact on Trader Joe’s. Some 5,000 of you downloaded our version of Trader Joe’s ‘Fearless Flyer’ to take to your local store asking the company to only carry meat raised without antibiotics.
We’ve gotten great feedback from flyer deliverers, including one woman from Athens, Ga., whose Trader Joe’s checkout clerk told her, “There have been a lot of people dropping these off!” You can see photos of our deliverers here, and if you’d like to drop off your own flyer, you can download one here.
Trader Joe’s has said they will not meet with us, so we’ll be hand-delivering your petition signatures in a way that makes sure company execs hear what you want! Stay tuned, and help us keep the momentum going on this critical campaign.
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