The California Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture passed Senate Bill 416 April 21 by a vote of 3-1, after the bill was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) to phase out the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in animals meant for human consumption, according to a press release from the senator.

Florez made school meal programs the initial target of his bill, which states that schools cannot serve meat or poultry treated with non-therapeutic antibiotics after January 1, 2012. By 2015, the ban on non-therapeutic antibiotics would apply to any animal raised for human consumption in the state. 


SB 416 will next be heard by the Senate Education Committee.