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SB-416 Antibiotics.(2009-2010)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States go toward healthy livestock, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
(b) It is in the best interest of pupils attending California schools that those schools procure meat for school lunch and breakfast programs that are free of nontherapeutic antibiotics.

SEC. 2.

 Section 49437 is added to the Education Code, to read:

49437.
 (a) A school district may make every effort to purchase poultry and meat products that have not been treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics.
(b) (1) Each school district that purchases poultry or meat products that have not been treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics may report annually to the Superintendent. The report may include, but is not limited to, a list of products purchased, the names of the companies from which the products were purchased, the cost of each product, and the cost of a comparable product known to have been treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics.
(2) The Superintendent shall request that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) do all of the following:
(A) Provide any information known to the USDA on the use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in the meat available to California schools through the USDA’s bonus and entitlement commodity programs for the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including specifying which products contain nontherapeutic antibiotics.
(B) If information on the use of nontherapeutic antibiotics in meat as specified in subparagraph (A) is not readily available, provide information as to when that information will be available.
(3) The Superintendent shall provide the Legislature, no later than July 1, 2011, with a copy of any information provided by the USDA pursuant to paragraph (2), including information relating to any lack of response to the Superintendent’s request for information.
(c) For purposes of this section, “antibiotic” means any drug intended for use in food-producing animals that is composed wholly or partly of either of the following:
(1) Any kind of penicillin, tetracycline, macrolide, lincosamide, streptogramin, minoglycoside, or sulfonamide.
(2) Any other drug or derivative of a drug that is used in humans or intended for use in humans to treat or prevent disease or infection caused by microorganisms.
(d) For purposes of this section, “nontherapeutic use,” with respect to antibiotics, means any use of the drug as a feed or water additive for an animal in the absence of any clinical sign of disease in the animal for growth promotion, feed efficiency, weight gain, routine disease prevention, or other routine purpose.