Illinois Bill Would Limit Use of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

Illinois Senate Bill 4043, the “Administration of Antibiotics to Food-Producing Animals Act,” would allow the administration of antibiotics to animals used for food only when deemed medically necessary and prescribed by a licensed veterinarian who has visited the farm operation within the previous 6 months. The Illinois Attorney General would have exclusive enforcement authority with the ability to seek injunctive relief and civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation.