Maryland PIRG 2017 State Legislative Scorecard

Do your legislators support the public interest? Our 2017 State Legislative Scorecard reviews their votes on key public interest issues.

News Release | Public Health, Antibiotics

McDonald’s Changes Meat Supply Guidelines to Stem Spread of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In response to the health risks posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, McDonald’s has announced it is implementing new targets for cutting antibiotic use in the global chicken supply, and plans to expand its commitment to fewer antibiotics in pork and beef.

Burger King Takes Action on Antibiotics, Sanderson Farms Takes a Back Seat

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Campaign to Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics

Last week another major restaurant took action to protect antibiotics, and a major laggard in the meat industry received a much-needed reality check.

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.

Victory on antibiotics

By | Emily Scarr
State 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. 

We have a lot to celebrate

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

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

Save Antibiotics: Baltimore Restaurant Guide

With the threat of antibiotic resistance growing, so is consumer demand for meat raised without routine antibiotics. Baltimore restaurants are increasingly serving antibiotic free meat.

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.


Keep Antibiotics Effective Act Clears Committee

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-4 today in support of the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act.


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