"We are on the cusp of a monumental public health crisis in America: the end of antibiotics as a tool for fighting disease," Slaughter said.
Slaughter said 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States are used not on humans, but on food-animals, a figure that has been disputed by several stakeholders in the ag and veterinary industry.
"Antibiotic-resistant bacteria now kill more Americans every year than HIV/AIDS," Slaughter continued. "We must bring more attention to this issue before one of the most important breakthroughs in medical science – the discovery of antibiotics – is rendered obsolete."
Farm groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Feed Industry Association, American Meat Institute, Animal Health Institute and American Veterinary Medical Association joined together last year to argue some of the issues in Rep. Slaughter's bill.
The groups said careful use of antibiotics are a key priority for the livestock industry, and urged public that policy decisions about antibiotics be based on science and risk assessment.
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