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San Francisco Votes to Require Grocery Stores to Report Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved an ordinance that requires large retail grocery stores to report information about the antibiotics that are used in the production of raw meat products sold in their stores. The ordinance mandates grocery stores with 25 locations or more to report antibiotic use by their suppliers to San Francisco's Department of the Environment. Grocers are not required to include information about processed or cured meat and poultry in their reports, but will have to distinguish between medically important antibiotics and antibiotics not currently considered medically important. The information will not be printed on food labels, but will be available to the public on the Environment Department's website.

The Meat Institute, earlier this month, sent a letter opposing the proposal saying it is a recipe for failure that puts producers, packers, and processors who sell products in San Francisco at a competitive disadvantage due to the onerous recordkeeping requirements. The Institute also stated consumers will be forced to pay higher prices.

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