We got the law. Now we need strong regulations.

In 2017, we were thrilled to watch the Maryland General Assembly pass the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act to prohibit the overuse of human antibiotics in animal agriculture.

More than a year after the bill became law, the Hogan Administration finally released draft regulationsto implement the law, and unfortunately the regulations are so weak that the overuse of human antibiotics on Maryland farms will likely continue.

The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act was designed to be stronger than the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations loophole-ridden policy. But we have ended up back where we started, with the Hogan Administration wanting to allowed continued, routine use of antibiotics on animals that aren’t sick.

The public has an opportunity to share comments with the Administration and demand stronger regulations that actually protect the effectiveness of our antibiotics. Comments are due September 4, 2018.