Although New York’s state legislature does not adjourn until January 4, 2011, it has begun pre-filing bills for the 2011-2012 session.
This week, New York pre-filed SB 80, which would provide that no person shall engage in the non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents in cattle, poultry, sheep, swine, or any animal raised for the purpose of providing food for human consumption, including animals that provide non-meat food products such as eggs and milk. In addition, it would provide that no person shall sell, expose for sale, or transport for sale within New York, regardless of place of origin, any food product derived from an animal that has been subject to non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents. Violation of these rules would be a class A misdemeanor.
On the same day, New York pre-filed SB 85, which would provide that no person, corporation, or other entity shall transport, sell, offer or expose for sale within the state eggs for the purpose of human consumption unless such eggs originate from poultry that has been vaccinated against salmonella enteritidis. This legislation was most likely drafted in response to the August recall of a half-billion eggs due to a salmonella outbreak at Iowa farms.
What are your thoughts on the use of antimicrobials in food animals? How do you think this bill differs from the various AVMA policies on the issue? If signed into law, do you think the salmonella vaccination bill would be practical? Do you think it would be effective in reducing salmonella outbreaks?