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NY Considers Allowing Antibiotics Only For Therapy

31 December 2010

NEW YORK, US - New York is considering banning the use of non-therapeutic antimicrobials in farm livestock and poultry.

New York lawmakers are looking to curb antimicrobial usage by pre-filing new legislation that would make non-therapeutic antimicrobial use a misdemeanor offence, reports DVM News Magazine.

Senate Bill 80, pre-filed on 10 December 2010, would make it a misdemeanor to use non-therapeutic antimicrobials in cattle, poultry, sheep, swine or any other animals raised for human food consumption, including animals raised to provide non-meat products like milk and eggs. Non-therapeutic uses outlined in the bill are not limited to growth promotion, feed efficiency or weight gain, but also extend to routine disease prevention and any other routine purpose in the absence of clinical signs of disease.

No action on the bill has yet been scheduled.

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