S.F. Grocers Must Report Antibiotic Use
San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to require grocers with 25 stores or more to report annually the use of antibiotics in the raw meat and poultry they sell. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ordinance which will take effect in April of 2018, and it could affect 120 stores.
The ordinance could impose fines of up to $1,000 per day for violators.
Barry Carpenter, CEO of the North American Meat Institute, told The Washington Post the San Francisco ordinance a recipe for failure. "The significant costs associated with the segregation and record-keeping for meat and poultry products to be sold in San Francisco will increase the cost of meat and poultry for consumers there and reduce options available," he said.
According to the North American Meat Institute, the vast majority of antibiotics are used either in people, or in animals, but not both.
Remember tune in for the Agri Beef Minute each Wednesday. Agri Beef Company. Real Family, Great People and Exceptional Beef.
That's your Land and Livestock Report-I'm Russell Nemetz.