California Approves Animal Anti-Biotic Use Law: Strictest Law in US
The Governor of California enacted a new chapter of the California Food and Agricultural Code to intensify the regulation of antibiotic use on farm animals in the state. The new policy is more restrictive of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) national guidelines on their use, and the law has proved to be the most restrictive in the US. The new policy allows for meat producers to use antibiotics only in cases when animals are sick or at a very high risk of becoming sick.
The overuse of antibiotics on farm animals kills more than 20,000 people a year and sickens almost 2 million. Recently, several major companies have vowed to limit or stop use of antibiotics, including McDonald’s.