California may become the first state to ban the routine use of antibiotics in livestock raised for meat if Gov. Jerry Brown signs pending legislation by Sunday.
State lawmakers approved Senate Bill 27 in September and sent it to the Governor’s desk. The bill would prohibit the use of low-dose antimicrobial drugs to promote growth and prevent disease in animals, poultry and farm-raised fish beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Under the bill, antibiotics can be used if ordered by p