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Foodborne Illness Foodborne diseases are a serious and growing problem. Foodborne diseases cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Experts estimate that the yearly cost of all foodborne diseases
|Prepare for Hurricane Sandy: Don’t Buy Meat and Dairy Products|
Hurricane Sandy is racing toward the Eastern seaboard of the United States. But to avoid foodborne illness—in addition to storm damage—worried citizens shouldn’t stock up on meat or dairy products to prepare for the hurricane and possible power outages. If you lose power, the meat and dairy products
|Organic Meats Are Not Health Foods|
Organic Meats Are Not Health Foods So-called organic meats are sold as a means for people to reduce their exposure to hormones and chemical toxins. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that animals raised on an organic operation must be fed organic feed and given access to the outdoors. They a
|Don’t Blame Peanut Butter for Salmonella Outbreak: It’s the Meat!|
A total of 30 people in 19 states have been infected with salmonella in recent days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finger is being pointed at peanut butter, specifically from New Mexico nut producer Sunland Inc. But wait a minute. Salmonella are intestinal bacteria. And one of the n
|Cutting Costs and Improving Health: Cost Savings|
Cutting Costs and Improving Health: Federal Food Policy Reforms Could Save Billions A Report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine July 28, 2011 Cost Savings Short-Term Savings As noted above, the above changes will lead to major financial savings over the short and long term. Over the next ten
PCRM is pleased to provide fact sheets on several preventive medicine and nutrition topics: Arthritis Arthritis and Foods Calcium Calcium and Strong Bones: Protecting Your Bones Parents' Guide to Building Better Bones Cancer Breast Cancer Colon C
|Cutting Costs and Improving Health: Eliminate Subsidies for Unhealthful Products|
Cutting Costs and Improving Health: Federal Food Policy Reforms Could Save Billions A Report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine July 28, 2011 1. Eliminate Subsidies for Unhealthful Products An overwhelming body of scientific evidence shows that plant-based foods support good health.1,2 The Diet
|How to Ensure a Safe Thanksgiving|
WASHINGTON—Every year, that eagerly awaited Thanksgiving dinner leaves many Americans lethargic and several pounds heavier. And a surprising number catch a foodborne illness from eating the turkey itself. This Thanksgiving, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding people not to wash or rinse th
|Doctors Petition Feds to Protect Public from Feces on Poultry and Meat|
WASHINGTON—In a petition to be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Aug. 29, 2001, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) calls on the USDA to declare feces an adulterant in poultry and meat products rendering them unfit for sale. PCRM's petition also calls for
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FOODBORNE ILLNESSES vCJD in Hong Kong A Chinese woman is confirmed to have variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the fatal brain-wasting human equivalent of mad cow disease. This is the first known case in Hong Kong, adding t
|Angry Doctors Use 1,000 Tomatoes To Spell Out Salmonella Source For FDA: It’s The Meat, Stupid!|
WASHINGTON—As the Food and Drug Administration enters the 13th week of its struggle to identify the source of the salmonella outbreak that has reached 38 states and the District of Columbia, doctors will spell it out for them—quite literally. Doctors from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medici
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ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION Meet Stan… Stan, short for Standard Man, is a new Human Patient Simulator helping medical and nursing students learn how to treat dozens of illnesses without harming patients or animals. Part dummy and part computer, the life-size model is so realistic it can
|Survey Shows Americans Don't Realize Chicken and Beef Are Often Infected with Feces|
WASHINGTON—A new study shows that 84 percent of adults have no idea that the primary source of salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli, and other foodborne pathogens on poultry and meat is animal feces. The survey of 1,000 men and women was completed during the period of July 26-29, 2001, by Opinion Res
|Doctors Sue EPA to Halt Toxic Testing on Animals|
WASHINGTON—On behalf of a coalition of nonprofit organizations, as well as three individual plaintiffs harmed by toxic chemicals, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will file suit on 5 September against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At issue is the EPA’s High Prod
|Cruise Line Food Review|
A Report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine January 2003 When travelers decide to go on a cruise, they think of sun, fun, and food—and lots of it. With three meals and endless snacks and desserts offered each day, it’s important