A bill proposed in the California Senate that would have limited the use of antibiotics by licensed veterinarians to prevent and control disease in animal agriculture was defeated last week. In the end, 15 Senators voted in favor of the bill and 20 voted against it.

Bill SB416 would have required all school districts in California to "make every effort" to purchase poultry and meat products that had not been treated with non-therapeutic antibiotics.

The original bill prohibited schools from serving poultry or meat products from animals that had been treated with antibiotics at any time during the animal's life.

While relieved by the bill's defeat, the consensus in the California livestock industry is that this is not likely the last time legislation of this sort will find its way into the state's legislative process.

Read the entire bill SB416.

Source: Western United Dairymen