Safeguarding Public Health Updates

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

STATEMENT OF U.S. PIRG on detection of colistin-resistant bacteria in the U.S.

The detection of colistin resistance in the United States is a sign that we may be near a post-antibiotic era, and losing our ability to treat common bacterial infections.

Eight moms leading the fight to save antibiotics

By | Anya Vanecek
Public Health Digital Campaigner

This Mothers Day, we’re thanking eight mothers working to stop superbugs in their tracks. 

Antibiotics: Yummy Yucky

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Two of the three Yum! Brand companies announced new antibiotics policies this week. One was a promising step to save antibiotics. The other was more "yucky."

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Food

Taco Bell Moves Away From Chicken Raised on Medically Important Antibiotics

Taco Bell will no longer serve chicken raised on medically important antibiotics in U.S. locations starting in 2017. The announcement was included in a release from Taco Bell’s parent company Yum! Brands, and comes amid widespread consumer demand and concern from the medical community about the overuse of antibiotics on livestock and poultry. Taco Bell’s announcement will put major market pressure on the meat industry to stop overusing antibiotics and should push its partner brands KFC and Pizza Hut to have stronger commitments as well. 

Colonel-quality chicken

By | Anya Vanecek
Public Health Digital Campaigner

Last week, KFC announced a "Re-Colonelzation" of its recipes and cooking techniques. But in their effort to improve quality, they missed an important ingredient: a commitment to help protect public health.

Media Hit | Public Health, Food

Louisville Courier Journal - KFC Should End Use of Antibiotics

KFC recently announced a “Re-Colonelization” of its food, but missed an important piece of the puzzle — it has not committed to serving meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics.

Subway’s New Sandwich is Helping Save Antibiotics

By | Anya Vanecek
Public Health Digital Campaigner

Subway just released its first sandwich made with meat raised without antibiotics. It was a delicious way to address one of the most pressing public health issues of our time.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the Flint pediatrician who led the charge in proving that Flint water was tainted by lead and was poisoning the community. Without her drive and dedication to the children of Flint, it is hard to say how long government officials might have left the public in the dark about the mounting crisis. In honor of Women’s History Month we’re recognizing Dr. Hanna-Attisha -- a doctor, mother, and activist -- who has relentlessly fought for the public interest. 

Who's next to help save antibiotics?

By Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Doctors, farmers, restaurant owners, and hundreds of thousands of people like you are all placing the same order: meat raised without routine antibiotics. Many fast food chains have stepped up to help stop the overuse of antibiotics. The question is, who will be next?

Senate stands with consumers on GMO labels

By | Bill Wenzel
Antibiotics Program Director

A bill to stop state GMO labeling laws was blocked decisively in the Senate today – failing by 11 votes. 

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