Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Jennifer Kaplan


How To Make Trader Joe’s Meat Better

Trader Joe's Meat

Tell Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat that’s been given antibiotics.

A new campaign by CALPIRG needs your help to make Trader Joe’s meat better by getting rid of meat that’s been given antibiotics. The consumer action group is concerned that antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise and warnings from the medical community are going unheeded. By the way, “Growth promoters,” the microdoses of everyday antibiotics given to livestock to fatten them, have been banned in Europe since 2006.

Related Reading: How To Avoid Antibiotics In Your Meat

CALPRIG, which has been working hard to get the Food and Drug Administration to act, has now launched a campaign to get stores and restaurants to do their part by ending meat purchases from factory farms that give daily doses of antibiotics to healthy livestock. CALPRIG hopes that if they can get stores and restaurants to stand up against the misuse of antibiotics, it will start to make more and more financial sense for factory farms to halt their worst practices.

Trader Joe’s, with its direct control of its suppliers and its history of taking socially responsible actions, is an ideal company to step up. But even they won’t act unless they hear from their customers.

They note that Trader Joe’s wouldn’t be the first company to commit to antibiotic-free meat — they’d be following in the footsteps of other companies like Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A. But as a national supermarket, they are ideally suited to drive this cause forward.

From a CALPRIG email:

Trader Joe’s has also been responsive in the past to consumer concerns: they sourced their private label products with non-genetically modified ingredients, and agreed not to sell genetically-engineered fish. And they already sell some antibiotic-free chicken and beef.

How can you help make Trader Joe’s Meat Better? You can join CALPRIG in calling on Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat that’s been given antibiotics by signing their online petition.

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

2 Responses to How To Make Trader Joe’s Meat Better

  1. Emily Rusch says:

    Thanks Jennifer! We really appreciate you helping to spread the word. We’re also building support for state legislation that would ban the use of antibiotics in animals that are not actually sick. You can learn more at http://www.calpirg.org or by following us on Facebook.

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