Op-ed: Trader Joe’s should only sell meat without drugs

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You deserve safe, healthy food. Help us label GMOs and get antibiotics out of food animals.

By Consumers Union on Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Check out our op-ed that ran today in Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, in honor of the new Trader Joe’s store that opened there last week.

The piece talks about the absence of leadership from Congress or the FDA to ban the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed, and discusses our Meat Without Drugs campaign that’s urging supermarkets – starting with Trader Joe’s – to only source meat from suppliers that don’t dose their animals with antibiotics.

Why start with Trader Joe’s?

“Because the popular grocery chain is known for its commitment to sustainable purchasing practices and already offers much of its chicken and beef raised without antibiotics, so it is well positioned for selling only meat without drugs. If Trader Joe’s makes this commitment, it will add pressure on other grocers to do the same.

Trader Joe’s has a history of taking important positions against selling products that may harm public health and the environment. In the past, the store has taken a stand against artificial colors, preservatives, trans fats and genetically modified organisms in their food.

Trader Joe’s could transition toward meat without drugs more easily than any other grocery store: 80 percent of their products are Trader Joe’s private label, meaning they can more easily leverage direct control over their suppliers.”

Read the full piece here.

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