Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food

Total Food Recall:

Over the past few years, Americans have grown accustomed to seeing headlines about tainted food being recalled and pulled off of store shelves.  These high-profile recalls leave many Americans wondering whether enough is being done to reduce the risk of contaminated food and foodborne illness. 

The new USDA proposed poultry inspection rule is being hailed as a commonsense, cost-saving rule by OIRA and of course the poultry industry.  But in reality the proposed rule might actually put more dangerous chicken on your plate.

News Release | Food

Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Arizona Taxpayer, But Only Half of an Apple

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per Arizona taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables buy one-half of an apple per taxpayer.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food

Apples to Twinkies 2012

At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic, crushing debt and a weak economy, billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients. In this report, we find that in 2011, over $1.28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients, bringing the total to a staggering $18.2 billion since 1995 - enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies every year or 21 for every single American taxpayer.

Everyone is Hopping Mad About the Farm Bill

By | Jason Donofrio
Campaign Organizer

We were hoping that the U.S. House of Representatives would deliver a Farm Bill that will cut wasteful payouts to junk food ingredients. But the farm bill is making consumer groups, faith based groups, poverty groups, conservative and taxpayer groups, social justice groups and small rural farmers justifiably hopping mad.

Happy 106th birthday to two landmark food safety laws!

By | Diane E. Brown
Executive Director

This week marks the 106th anniversary of the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act, two landmark pieces of consumer based legislation which established the modern food protection system as we know it.

Issue | Food

Stop Subsidizing Obesity

Our tax dollars should only go to things that serve the public good, yet we’re handing out taxpayer subsidies to big agribusinesses to help subsidize junk food.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic – one that’s hitting children especially hard. The rise in childhood obesity has many causes, but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high-fat, heavily sweetened junk food.  And shockingly, American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients, making the problem worse.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

President Signs Historic Food Safety Bill

The President’s signature on the Food Safety Modernization Act finally brings food safety protections for American consumers into the 21st Century.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

Egg Recalls Reveal Scrambled Food Safety System

According to Recipe for Disaster, a new study released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG), the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America, last month’s nationwide recall of half a billion eggs was just one of more than 85 recalls involving 153 food companies since July 2009.


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"Thanks, Subway"

After more than 110,000 PIRG supporters called on them for action, Subway announced that all the meat they serve will be antibiotic-free. 

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