Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms Updates

Victory on antibiotics

By | Emily Scarr
Director

The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act has gone into law, making Maryland the second state in the country (after California) to meaningfully address the widespread overuse of antibiotics in livestock and poultry. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health, Antibiotics

New Maryland Law Prohibits Routine Use of Antibiotics on Farms

 The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (SB422/HB602) will become law without a signature from Governor Larry Hogan.

We have a lot to celebrate

By | Emily Scarr
Director

This week marks the end of Maryland’s legislative session – and we have a lot to celebrate!

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health, Antibiotics

KFC To Eliminate Use of Medically Important Antibiotics from Chicken Supply

Today, KFC U.S. announced that by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by the company will be raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. A coalition of consumer and public health groups, including Maryland PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), had urged the company to act on the issue. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG and NRDC | Public Health, Antibiotics

Keep Antibiotics Effective Act passes both chambers in Maryland General Assembly

(Annapolis, Md) Tonight, in separate actions, the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates each voted to pass an amended version of the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (SB422/HB602). The legislation, sponsored by Senators Paul Pinsky (District 22) and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (District 44) and Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), would make Maryland the second state in the nation to prohibit routine antibiotic use in livestock. California passed similar legislation restricting use on farm animals in 2015.

 

Earlier this week, Tyson Foods announced another big step toward stopping the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms. The announcement underscores a larger trend that’s been happening for a few years now; consumer pressure is helping to drive important public health changes in the marketplace.

Please make a call to your legislators and ask them to protect public health by passing the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (SB422/HB602)

It’s time to stop the routine use of human antibiotics on farms: the public health community and public agree. It’s good for public health and good for business. Maryland PIRG strongly support SB422/HB206.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health, Antibiotics

Health Professionals Applaud Introduction of Keep Antibiotics Effective Act

Maryland legislators have introduced new legislation to restrict the use of human antibiotics in animal agriculture.

For its U.S. restaurants, Burger King committed to phase out antibiotics deemed “critically important” from its chicken supply in 2017. The problem is that “critically important” is too narrow a list of antibiotics, and the policy still leaves open the possibility of routinely using other “medically important” antibiotics on livestock and poultry in the supply chain. And it’s this routine use that breeds drug resistant “superbugs”—bacteria that are resistant to our antibiotics and thus difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat.

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