NAMI Issues Memo on San Francisco Antibiotic Ordinance Update.Wednesday, June 19, 2019
(North American Meat Institute)
The Meat Institute issued a memo last week updating general members, committee members, representatives and the Board of Directors on an update to the San Francisco Antibiotic Use in Food Animals Ordinance . On May 23, 2019, San Francisco Department of the Environment officials denied petitions filed by grocers, who sought waivers from the Ordinance's filing requirements. Based on those denials, DE established a July 22, 2019, deadline for grocers to file reports. This deadline likely will spur grocers with stores in the city to demand antibiotic use information from their suppliers. The Meat Institute points out several aspects of the ordinance worth remembering:
- The Ordinance does not apply to every grocer in the City, just those with "25 or more stores anywhere."
- The Ordinance requires grocers to file reports only regarding raw (fresh or frozen) meat or poultry products. Cooked or cured products are not subject to reporting requirements.
- Packers, processors, and livestock producers, all of whom meet the definition of "producer" in the Ordinance, are not subject to the reporting requirement - that obligation falls on the City's grocers. Nor are packers and processors subject to enforcement actions.
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