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Consumer Reports Releases New Guidelines for Arsenic in Rice and Grains


Consumer Reports (CR) today issued new consumption guidelines for inorganic arsenic (IA) in rice and other grains. While past reports on the subject by CR and others have been complex and academic, this one is consumer friendly. CR says its new guidelines were developed in response to consumer questions after its 2012 study found measurable… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Poll Finds Doctors Concerned About Animal Antibiotic Use


Physicians are concerned about the agricultural practice of giving antibiotics to healthy animals for growth promotion and disease prevention, according to a poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center poll. The national poll, conducted last month, questioned 500 family practice and internal medicine physicians and found that 93 percent said they are concerned… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat Tuna


Can eating the wrong type of fish put you at higher risk for mercury exposure? That’s the question posed in the latest special food safety report published Wednesday from Consumer Reports, the publishing arm of the nonprofit Consumers Union. The noncontroversial answer is yes, certain fish contain higher levels of mercury than others — and different… Continue Reading

Survey: Consumers Might Read Organic Label Differently Than Organic Standards Board


The Consumer Reports National Research Center says that “questionable practices” remain in the regulation of the fast-growing organics industry. It is hoping that new public opinion research released today as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) begins a four-day meeting in San Antonio will help narrow the divide between what consumers think they are getting and what… Continue Reading

Salmonella on Chicken: Is Zero Tolerance Feasible?


At the end of 2013, Consumer Reports made national headlines by reporting that 97 percent of retail chicken breasts were contaminated with some form of gut bacteria. Granted, not all of those bacteria are likely to make consumers sick, but the report did find potentially harmful Salmonella on 11 percent of the samples. The story… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Study Prompts FDA to Reexamine Caramel Coloring

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to take a closer look at the caramel coloring added to certain soft drinks and other food and beverage products because of a potentially cancer-causing byproduct they may contain. The federal agency’s move was in response to a new Consumer Reports study released on Thursday which found a… Continue Reading

Superbugs and Other Nonsense



In a recent Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” CR stated, “our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested.” Consumer Reports is claiming that a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics is a “superbug,” but nothing could be further from the truth… Continue Reading

Gut Bacteria on 97 Percent of Retail Chicken Breasts


It won’t all harm you, but some of it might. That’s the caveat in the latest Consumer Reports analysis of tests on raw chicken breasts purchased at retailers nationwide. The analysis found that 97 percent of tested chicken breast samples “harbored bacteria that could make you sick.” While it is true that the detected bacteria… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products. The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new… Continue Reading

Mixed Reaction to Consumer Reports’ Study on Turkey and Antibiotic Resistance


The release of a new study by Consumer Reports, which found that antibiotic-free turkey products have lower levels of drug resistance than conventional products, sparked a wide variety of reactions yesterday. Depending on who you ask, the study is either alarming or offers evidence that turkey has an amazing food safety record. The National Turkey… Continue Reading