US State adops purchasing policy aimed at antibiotics in livestock
Concerns about human health from the use of
antibiotics to promote growth in poultry, pigs and cattle has prompted the
United States state of Maine to adopt a meat purchasing
The policy's supports are calling it the first state meat purchasing
preference policy of its kind in the United States.
According to the
Union of Concerned Scientists antibiotics are passed to humans through the meat,
creating new strains of bacteria that are resisting to antibiotic treatment and
making it harder to treat infections in people.
The policy tells
meat producers that the state prefers to buy products from animals that have not
been given antibiotics for non-therapeutic purposes. It also encourages Maine
school districts to accept contracts with suppliers whose products meet the
The new Maine policy stems from a law that also calls for
further study into the prudent use of antibiotics in Maine
Supporters have also asked members of Congress in Maine and
New Hampshire to support federal legislation addressing the issue. All four
members of Maine's congressional delegation are co-sponsoring Senate or House
versions of the bill.
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