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Full Text of SB1186  101st General Assembly




State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced 2/5/2019, by Sen. David Koehler


New Act

    Creates the Administration of Antibiotics to Food-Producing Animals Act. Provides that a medically important antibiotic may be administered to a food-producing animal only if prescribed by a veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 who has visited the farm operation within the previous 6 months and only if deemed necessary for specified purposes. Provides that a producer may provide a medically important antibiotic to a food-producing animal only for the period necessary to accomplish the specified purposes. Provides that in that case, antibiotics should be used on the smallest number of animals and for the shortest time possible. Provides that a producer shall keep a record of the specific beginning and ending dates for the provision of an antibiotic. Provides that provisions concerning the administration of antibiotics to food-producing animals take effect on January 1, 2021. Requires a producer that operates a large concentrated animal feeding operation, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, to file an annual report containing specified information in a form and manner required by the Department of Public Health by rule. Provides that, except for the identities of individual producers, all information reported to the Department under the Act shall be public record, to be made available on the Department's website. Provides that the Department may take the actions necessary to prepare to implement the provisions of the Act in advance of the effective date of the other provisions of the Act. Provides that the Attorney General has the exclusive authority to enforce the Act, may issue a civil penalty up to $1,000 for a violation of the Act, and may seek an injunction to prevent a violation of the Act.

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1    AN ACT concerning health.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Administration of Antibiotics to Food-Producing Animals Act.
6    Section 5. Findings; purpose.
7    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares that:
8        (1) the World Health Organization has stated that
9    "without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders,
10    the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which
11    common infections and minor injuries which have been
12    treatable for decades can once again kill";
13        (2) the United States Food and Drug Administration and
14    the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated
15    that there is a definitive link between the use of
16    antibiotics on industrial farms and the crisis of
17    antibiotic resistance in humans;
18        (3) the issue of antibiotics overuse, whether on humans
19    or animals, is a significant and urgent human health
20    matter;
21        (4) the World Health Organization recommends "complete
22    restriction of use of all classes of medically important
23    antimicrobials in food-producing animals for prevention of



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1    infectious diseases that have not yet been clinically
2    diagnosed";
3        (5) nearly 70% of medically important antibiotics sold
4    in the United States are given to food-producing animals,
5    often to compensate for the effects of unsanitary and
6    overcrowded living conditions;
7        (6) many of the antibiotics provided to food-producing
8    animals are identical to, or from the same family as, drugs
9    used in human medicine to cure serious diseases; therefore,
10    bacterial resistance to these drugs poses a threat to human
11    health because these drugs may not work to treat human
12    disease when needed; and
13        (7) passing this Act is necessary to protect the health
14    and safety of Illinois consumers from antibiotic resistant
15    bacteria spreading through the food supply.
16    (b) The purpose of this Act is to protect public health by
17preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics now and for future
18generations by eliminating the use of those important medicines
19in food-producing animals for disease prevention, in order to
20reduce the rise and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
21    Section 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
22    "Control the spread of a disease or infection" means the
23use of a medically important antibiotic to stop the
24transmission of a documented disease or infection present in:
25        (1) a group of animals in contact with each other; or



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1        (2) a barn or equivalent animal housing unit.
2    "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
3    "Disease prevention" means the administration of a
4medically important antibiotic to an animal or multiple animals
5in the absence of contact with animals with a clinically
6diagnosed disease for the purpose of avoiding illness.
7    "Food-producing animal" means:
8        (1) cattle, swine, or poultry, regardless of whether
9    the specific animal is raised for the purpose of producing
10    food for human consumption; or
11        (2) any type of animal that the Department identifies
12    by rule as livestock typically used to produce food for
13    human consumption.
14    "Medically important antibiotic" means a drug that is
15composed in whole or in part of a drug from an antimicrobial
16class that is categorized as critically important, highly
17important, or important in the World Health Organization list
18of Critically Important Antimicrobials for Human Medicine (5th
19Revision, 2017), or a subsequent revision or successor document
20issued by the World Health Organization.
21    "Producer" means a person or entity that establishes
22management and production standards for the maintenance, care,
23and raising of food-producing animals and that:
24        (1) operates a business raising food-producing animals
25    that are used to produce any product group sold by a
26    grocer; or



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1        (2) purchases or otherwise obtains live food-producing
2    animals that it slaughters, or sells for slaughter, for
3    production of any product group sold by a grocer.
4    "Treat a disease" means administering a medically
5important antibiotic to infected individual animals or
6populations of animals to resolve clinical signs of infection
7or illness.
8    Section 15. Administration of antibiotics to
9food-producing animals.
10    (a) This Section applies to the provision of medically
11important antibiotics to food-producing animals on or after
12January 1, 2021.
13    (b) A medically important antibiotic may be administered to
14a food-producing animal only if prescribed by a veterinarian
15licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act
16of 2004 who has visited the farm operation within the previous
176 months and only if deemed necessary:
18        (1) to treat a disease;
19        (2) to control the spread of a disease or infection; or
20        (3) in relation to a surgical or other medical
21    procedure that exposes normally sterile body sites to
22    infection.
23    (c) A producer may provide a medically important antibiotic
24to a food-producing animal only for the period necessary to
25accomplish a purpose described in subsection (b). In that case,



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1antibiotics should be used on the smallest number of animals
2and for the shortest time possible. In addition to any
3information described in Section 20, the producer shall keep a
4record of the specific beginning and ending dates for the
5provision of an antibiotic.
6    (d) A medically important antibiotic may not be
7administered to food-producing animals solely for the purpose
9        (1) promoting weight gain;
10        (2) improving feed efficiency; or
11        (3) disease prevention.
12    Section 20. Annual report.
13    (a) A producer that operates a large concentrated animal
14feeding operation, as defined by the United States
15Environmental Protection Agency, must file an annual report
16under this Section in a form and manner required by the
17Department by rule. If the producer and a contracting entity
18enter into an agreement for the contracting entity to assume
19the annual report filing duty, the contracting entity shall
20include in the annual report the name and address of the
21producer on whose behalf the contracting entity is submitting
22the annual report. If any medically important antibiotics were
23provided to food-producing animals during the reporting
24period, then the annual report must contain the following



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1        (1) the location of the facility where the medically
2    important antibiotic was used;
3        (2) the medically important antibiotic and class of
4    antimicrobial used;
5        (3) the duration of use, including the number of
6    treatment days;
7        (4) the species and production class of animals
8    receiving the medically important antibiotic;
9        (5) the number of animals receiving the medically
10    important antibiotic;
11        (6) the total number of animals raised at the facility,
12    this data is key to understanding variations in use and
13    benchmarking performance;
14        (7) the indication and purpose for which the
15    veterinarian prescribed the medically important
16    antibiotic;
17        (8) the dosage of the medically important antibiotic;
18        (9) the quantity of each medically important
19    antibiotic prescribed to each species of food-producing
20    animal;
21        (10) the method for providing each medically important
22    antibiotic to a food-producing animal; and
23        (11) any other information required to be kept pursuant
24    to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations 21 CFR
25    558.6(b)(3) and 21 CFR 558.6(b)(4).
26    (b) Information provided under paragraph (7) of subsection



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1(a) must include whether a medically-important antibiotic was
2provided to a food-producing animal for the purpose of:
3        (1) surgery or a medical procedure;
4        (2) disease control; or
5        (3) disease treatment.
6    (c) Information reported under this Section shall be made
7publicly available by the Department annually in a searchable
8database of aggregated data on its website, except that the
9Department shall withhold the identities of individual
11    (d) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c),
12information reported under this Section is a public record and
13is not subject to exemption from disclosure. The Department may
14not redact, withhold, or delay the release of information,
15except the identities of individual producers pursuant to
16subsection (c), reported under this Section.
17    (e) The Department of Public Health shall consult with the
18Department of Agriculture as necessary to fulfill the
19requirements of this Section.
20    Section 25. Implementation. The Department may take the
21actions necessary to prepare to implement the provisions of
22this Act in advance of the effective date of the other
23provisions of this Act.
24    Section 30. Violations. The Attorney General has exclusive



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1authority to enforce the provisions of this Act. Each violation
2of this Act is punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed
3$1,000. The Attorney General may also seek injunctive relief to
4prevent further violations of this Act.