Safer, Healthier Food

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The food we eat every day should be:
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Free from health risks due to contaminants, such as salmonella and heavy metals.

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Grown, raised, and processed in ways that are safe, healthy, and transparent.

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Clearly, accurately, and meaningfully labeled, so you know what you are eating.

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Subject to clear rules and standards that are enforced by regulators looking out for our best interests.

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How Consumer Reports Made Food Safer and Healthier for Consumers
Consumer Reports has been working toward a better food system for more than 80 years. Here are some of the key milestones along the way.
1936
Milk Mayhem
In CR’s first issue, we find bacteria in milk, proving that pasteurization did not guarantee safety.
1936
Milk Mayhem
In CR’s first issue, we find bacteria in milk, proving that pasteurization did not guarantee safety.
1940
Poison Apples
CR warns readers that a new law allowing higher levels of lead and arsenic pesticide spray residue on apples is creating a serious health hazard.
1940
Poison Apples
CR warns readers that a new law allowing higher levels of lead and arsenic pesticide spray residue on apples is creating a serious health hazard.
1959
Nuclear Reaction    
CR testing finds radio­active strontium-90 in milk. The report prompts the government to expand its monitoring of nuclear fallout and bolsters public support for the 1963 nuclear test-ban treaty.
1959
Nuclear Reaction    
CR testing finds radio­active strontium-90 in milk. The report prompts the government to expand its monitoring of nuclear fallout and bolsters public support for the 1963 nuclear test-ban treaty.
1973
Filthy Food
In response to the release of previously secret data, CR blasts the FDA for permitting a “stomach-churning assortment of insect parts and larvae, fish cysts, mold, rot, rodent hair and excrement” in the nation’s food supply.
1973
Filthy Food
In response to the release of previously secret data, CR blasts the FDA for permitting a “stomach-churning assortment of insect parts and larvae, fish cysts, mold, rot, rodent hair and excrement” in the nation’s food supply.
1974
Dirty Water
CR’s landmark three-part series—concluding that many community water supplies are contaminated with potential carcinogens, viruses, heavy metals, and chemicals—helps spur the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act.
1974
Dirty Water
CR’s landmark three-part series—concluding that many community water supplies are contaminated with potential carcinogens, viruses, heavy metals, and chemicals—helps spur the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act.
1975
Fast-Food Revelation
CR cautions that almost all meals sold at burger, chicken, and seafood chains contain too many empty calories and lacked essential nutrients.
1975
Fast-Food Revelation
CR cautions that almost all meals sold at burger, chicken, and seafood chains contain too many empty calories and lacked essential nutrients.
1978
Crying Fowl
CR’s expose of industrial chicken farming describes the animal’s short, bleak life in a cramped conditions—and flags concern that antibiotics in animal feed could lead to bacterial resistance in humans.
1978
Crying Fowl
CR’s expose of industrial chicken farming describes the animal’s short, bleak life in a cramped conditions—and flags concern that antibiotics in animal feed could lead to bacterial resistance in humans.
1989
Bad Apples 
CR tests find unacceptable levels of Alar in apples and apple juice—three years after processors promised to stop using the substance, which had been linked to cancer.
1989
Bad Apples 
CR tests find unacceptable levels of Alar in apples and apple juice—three years after processors promised to stop using the substance, which had been linked to cancer.
1999
Pesticides in Produce
A CR analysis of pesticide levels in 27,000 fruit and vegetable samples finds that many pesticide levels are too high. One toxic pesticide highlighted—methyl parathion—is soon banned for use on many food crops.
1999
Pesticides in Produce
A CR analysis of pesticide levels in 27,000 fruit and vegetable samples finds that many pesticide levels are too high. One toxic pesticide highlighted—methyl parathion—is soon banned for use on many food crops.
2010
Muscle Mix
CR tests protein drinks and powders—and finds that many contain toxic heavy metals.
2010
Muscle Mix
CR tests protein drinks and powders—and finds that many contain toxic heavy metals.
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