Law might prohibit feed antibiotics

A bill before Congress would phase out antibiotics used in animal agriculture.

The American Medical Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics are among the more than 350 health, agriculture and other groups nationwide that have endorsed the bill, “The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.”

“Substantial efforts must be made to decrease inappropriate overuse of antimicrobials in animals and agriculture. We need to take every possible step to save the our dwindling supply of lifesaving antibiotics.”

The bill would phase out within two years the use as animal feed additives of antibiotics that are also important in human medicine.

70% of all the antibiotics used in the United States are used as feed additives for chicken, hogs, and beef cattle.

Europe already has banned the use of growth-promoting antibiotics.

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