California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Historic Bill to Regulate Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals
Saturday, October 10, 2015 01:06 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 27 into law. This historic legislation 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 previously 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 supported 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:

“We are so appreciative of the leadership of Governor Brown and Senator Hill on SB 27. This is the first law that mandates veterinary oversight of all antimicrobials given to farm animals. Veterinarians are the only trained and licensed professionals who can make such consequential decisions. It is our hope that other states will quickly adopt similar legislation to help reduce the overuse of antimicrobials in animals intended for human consumption.”


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