brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 6, 2013 12:42 PM
It hasn't been a good year for meat eaters. Dozens of reports of horse meat being marketed as beef streaked across Europe, affecting retailers like Bird's Eye, Taco Bell, Ikea and Tesco. Most recently, six people have died in China from an avian flu outbreak, which led to the execution of thousands of chickens and has ultimately caused Chinese consumers to swear off poultry, dragging down grocers and QSR chains like KFC, which have seen double digit declines in sales.
However, the meat wars aren't over. Trader Joe's is now the focus of an effort by the Consumers Union, which took the grocer to task with a full-page ad in The Los Angeles Times saying that the company is “selling meat from animals fed a steady stream of antibiotics,” the L.A. Times reports.
The funky grocer, whose majority of products are private label brands (its own) responded, noting that it “also sells a selection of antibiotic-free chicken, beef, turkey, ham and lamb,” and that it “also offers private label goods that shun genetically engineered ingredients.” However, Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, says that the privately owned grocer has refused to meet to discuss the issue.Continue reading...
long arm of the law
Posted by Barry Silverstein on December 22, 2010 01:30 PM
It wasn't just President Obama who received a "shellacking" this election year. Food manufacturers and distributors in the U.S. were pummeled by recalls of unsafe or tainted food that caused as many as one in six Americans to become ill, and 3,000 to die, according to government estimates.
That's why lawmakers and consumer advocates alike hailed the passage of a new food safety law by the US Congress, which President Obama is expected to sign as early as today. When it becomes law, it will mark the biggest change to food safety legislation since 1938.
The new law requires that food manufacturers come up with detailed plans to prevent possible contamination, and that those plans be shared with the Food and Drug Administration. Companies need to provide product test results and other evidence of compliance with sanitary systems.Continue reading...