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Senate Bill Addresses Antibiotics in Animal Feed

A bipartisan group of senators has re-introduced a bill to limit the use of antibiotics routinely fed to farm animals, especially in factory farms.

In the face of the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, public health experts and animal protection groups have pushed for more regulation, especially since around 80 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. are given to farm animals.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the primary sponsor of The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, introduced the measure to address “the rampant overuse of antibiotics in agriculture that creates drug-resistant bacteria, an increasing threat to human beings.”

More about the new bill here.

And more about the latest concerns about growing resistance to antibiotics, along with a new report on the decreasing effectiveness of three key antibiotics.