California Gov. Jerry Brown Urged to Sign Historic Bill to Regulate Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals
Advocacy
Monday, September 14, 2015 05:33 PM

The California legislature has approved Senate Bill 27, which is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. SB 27 will require a veterinarian’s order for all antimicrobials sold over the counter for use in farm animals via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, the bill passed the California Assembly with a vote of 71 to 6 and by a Senate concurrence vote of 37 to 1. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association strongly support the legislation.

Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH, an HSVMA board member with 20 years of experience with the Food and Drug Administration, issued the following statement:

“The public is counting on licensed medical professionals to make appropriate decisions to help mitigate the growing antimicrobial resistance crisis. By requiring that veterinarians oversee all antimicrobial use to treat, control and prevent diseases in animals, SB 27 sets a historic precedent. Governor Brown has the opportunity to make California the first state to put these decisions solely in the hands of trained medical professionals and thereby help reduce the overuse of antimicrobials in food animal production.”

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