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Jean Halloran
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Jean Halloran is Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. In her 28 years at Consumers Union she has led many projects on food safety, sustainable consumption and trade issues. She is currently responsible for developing policy and staff initiatives on biotechnology, mad cow disease prevention, mercury in fish, and bacteria in meat, poultry and produce.

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Trader Joe's Employees in the Dark About Their Meat

(26) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Ask a Trader Joe's employee about the meat in your shopping basket, and you may or may not get an answer based on, well, facts.

Since we launched our Meat Without Drugs campaign last year asking Trader Joe's to stop selling meat raised with antibiotics, it's been...

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Arsenic and Rice: Concerning Levels of Known Human Carcinogen Found in Tests of More Than 200 Consumer Reports Samples

(47) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Everyone knows arsenic is a poison--it is how countless villains have knocked off their victims in countless murder mysteries. However, it takes a lot of arsenic--relatively speaking, at least a teaspoon or two--to do someone in on the spot.

Much lower levels of arsenic, though, can cause health damage over...

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Meat on Drugs, Stop the Superbugs

(16) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Antibiotics use is widespread in the production of livestock, helping to create "superbugs," and aggravating the public health problem of antibiotic resistance. To address these issues, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, in a new report released today, "Meat on Drugs: The Overuse of Antibiotics...

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California Must Label Genetically Engineered Fish

(24) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Today, Assembly Member Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), decided to postpone a vote on his bill, AB 88, The Consumer Right To Know Act, which would require the labeling of genetically engineered fish sold in California. Action on the bill, which did not have enough votes in the California Assembly to...

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Maine and Bisphenol-A: Of Beards and Breasts

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 3:08 PM

The Bangor Daily News yesterday quoted Maine Governor Paul LePage as unconcerned about residues of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in food containers because, "The only thing that I've heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it...

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Food, Inc.'s Eric Schlosser Urges Senate to Pass Food Safety Bill

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 4:21 PM

Safe and sustainable: we need our food to be both, and nowhere has the case been made better than in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Food, Inc. Earlier this month, Consumers Union, long a proponent of safe, sustainable food, hosted an Activist Summit in Washington, D.C., which featured two...

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