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Consumer Reports’ Ground Beef Study Elicits Differing Interpretations

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With its newly released study, Consumer Reports is arguing that ground beef from sustainably raised cows is safer than that from conventionally raised ones. Industry, however, says that the study shows low levels of pathogens in meat. The consumer organization tested ground beef samples for bacteria and found that all of it contained bacteria that… Continue Reading

New Bill Would Limit Permissible Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday which would limit the amount of inorganic arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based foods. The R.I.C.E (Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure) Act would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice. “Inorganic arsenic… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports: Tests Find 60 Percent of Frozen Shrimp Contaminated With Bacteria

Raw, wild-caught shrimp from U.S., Argentina had lowest bacteria levels of all samples tested

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A new Consumer Reports (CR) study released Friday found that 60 percent of 342 samples of frozen shrimp it tested contained Salmonella, Vibrio, Listeria, or E. coli, and 2 percent tested positive for the superbug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). For its new report, “How Safe is Your Shrimp?,” CR researchers bought 284 raw and 58 cooked… Continue Reading

Coming USDA Catfish Inspections Raise Question: Could Shrimp Be Next?

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If food safety put catfish under USDA inspection, can shrimp be far behind? That question is coming into focus this week after one of USDA’s top two food safety officials told a gathering of food policy wonks on Tuesday that the final rule for the agency’s takeover of catfish inspections is coming “a little into… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Guides Shoppers Through Produce Pesticide Residues

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Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases guides to help shoppers pick fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticide residues. Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has now released similar guidelines. According to the organization’s survey conducted in November 2014, pesticide exposure in food is a concern for 85 percent of Americans. For its… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Releases New Guidelines for Arsenic in Rice and Grains

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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