What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

San Francisco antibiotic use in food animals, Ordinance reporting year 2018

17 March, 2020

In 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Antibiotic Use in Food Animals Ordinance (Ordinance) to address one of the most pressing public health issues today - antibiotic resistance. Yet there is no federal mandate for the livestock industry to track the use of medically important antibiotics. San Francisco's Ordinance is the first local law of its kind in the United States to increase transparency about how antibiotics are used in the livestock industry. Under the Ordinance, chain grocers operating in San Francisco (defined as grocers with 25 or more stores anywhere) must report to the San Francisco Department of the Environment about the antibiotic use policies and practices of the producers of the raw meat and poultry they sell. This is the first report under the Ordinance and provides information about meat and poultry sold in San Francisco in calendar year 2018.
Highlighted Findings: In 2018, ten grocery chains, representing more than 100 individual retail grocery stores in San Francisco, were required to report antibiotic use policies and practices for almost 350 reported meat and poultry products sold in San Francisco. In general, grocers sought to comply with the Ordinance and asked producers in their supply chains for antibiotic use policies and data; however, relatively few producers provided full data. Many producers provided policy-level information about their use of antibiotics, but did not provide numeric data about antibiotic use. Poultry (chicken and turkey) producers provided the highest level of transparency regarding their use of antibiotics, far higher levels of transparency than the beef, lamb and pork sectors. 

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