Welcome to Consumer Reports Advocacy

For 85 years CR has worked for laws and policies that put consumers first. Learn more about CR’s work with policymakers, companies, and consumers to help build a fair and just marketplace at TrustCR.org

Food Safety Primer

When a meat packing plant discovers that it has shipped frozen ground beef patties contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria such as E. coli or listeria, is it required by law to notify grocery stores that received the products so that they can immediately pull them off store shelves and post notices warning consumers who’ve already purchased them that they may be dangerous to eat? Astoundingly, the answer is no.