Public Health

US Senate Passes Flawed Chemical Policy Legislation

By | Bruce Speight
Executive Director

On December 17, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed a flawed bill to update the federal chemical safety law, the 1976 Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA), unanimously approved on a voice vote. The current TSCA law is notoriously ineffective, and we need real reform to protect public health from toxic chemicals. While improved from their original versions, neither the House nor Senate bill is strong enough, and both bills contain some dangerous flaws.

It keeps getting better

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

By next summer, all of the chicken served on Papa John's pizzas and poppers will be raised without antibiotics. The pizza chain's announcement adds them to a growing list of restaurants that are helping to stop the overuse antibiotics on large industrial farms.

Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report

By | Bill Wenzel
Food and Farming Program Director

Not only did the FDA’s voluntary Guidance for Industry #213 not lower the sale and use of antibiotics for food-producing animals, these sales actually increased 4%.

The Phantom, and Other Menaces

By | Anya Vanecek
Public Health Digital Campaigner

In the midst of warnings that the post-antibiotic era is quickly approaching, we see evidence that it has already arrived.

With spending authorization for the federal government set to end on December 11, Congressional leaders are working with powerful special interests on their not-so-Secret-Santa lists to use spending bills as vehicles to gut health, safety and wallet protections popular with the general public but not with Wall Street or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They know they cannot win a fair fight. So they’re loading up the must-pass funding bill with so-called “riders,” which are unrelated policies that couldn’t get passed on their own. Everything we fought for in Wall Street reform, including the CFPB, is on the chopping block. So are many other PIRG health, safety, wallet and democracy priorities.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics

Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health.

Result | Public Health

Convincing McDonald’s and Subway to protect public health

In 2015, bolstered by the support of more than 100,000 members and supporters, we convinced both McDonald’s and Subway to take action to protect public health. In March, just two days after we delivered more than 30,000 petitions to McDonald’s headquarters, the company announced that they would stop serving chicken raised on medically-important antibiotics. And in October, after more than 100,000 called on the chain to take action, Subway announced a similar policy for all the meat they serve.

A Sub-stantial Achievement

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

On October 20, Subway announced its plan to phase out antibiotics from its entire meat supply. This victory is just the next step of our mission to save antibiotics.

Victory: Subway Commits to Help Save Antibiotics

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Today, Subway announced a plan to phase out antibiotics from it's entire meat supply in response to mounting consumer demand for stronger action by the chain to help save antibiotics from overuse.

News Release | WashPIRG | Public Health

Statement on Subway’s Switch to Meat Raised without Routine Antibiotics

On October 19, 2015, Subway announced it would stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health before March 2016 – and to stop serving pork and beef within the next six years, or by 2025.

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