- Dan BaneCEO, Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's: Stop Selling Meat Raised on Antibiotics
We bet you’re excited that there’s a Trader Joe’s coming to Austin. Funky products, friendly employees – it’s no wonder folks are happy when a TJ’s comes to town.
But there’s one thing that continues to be a let down about Trader Joe’s: the company still sells meat from animals raised on antibiotics.
Humans don’t take antibiotics every day to stay healthy, and neither should animals. But livestock on industrial farms are often routinely fed antibiotics to make them grow faster or to survive in cramped, filthy conditions. Since Trader Joe’s is a progressive grocer, it can lead the way in the fight to save our antibiotics by refusing to sell this kind of meat.
We know it can be done. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s key competitor, has long been committed to only selling meat raised without antibiotics. TJ’s does offer some no-antibiotics meat, but much of their beef and nearly all of their pork and turkey comes from supplies where “antibiotics are likely used,” according to the company.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have been asking Trader Joe’s to make the same commitment, but so far Trader Joe's has refused to listen to its customers and budge on this important public health issue.
But as potential shoppers in their new Austin market, you have a chance to send them a powerful message:
Welcome to Austin, Trader Joe’s. But please stop selling meat raised on drugs.
Sign the petition now – we’ll hand-deliver your message to the new store in West Austin when it opens next month!
- CEO, Trader Joe's
As a resident of Austin, Texas I welcome your new Trader Joe's store to town. But I urge you to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics here, and at all of your other stores around the country.
The widespread use of antibiotics in food animal production contributes to the spread of deadly, antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' in humans. Just like people, animals should only be given antibiotics when they're sick.
We must preserve our antibiotics, and your leadership could begin to change the priorities for our nation's livestock producers.
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