A re-introduced Senate bill seeking to limit use of antibiotics in food animal feed and a USDA report summarizing dozens of reports that claim a link between overuse of antibiotics and accelerated antibiotic resistance in humans has given critics fresh momentum in the ongoing debate.

The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), recently re-introduced by a group of bi-partisan senators led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would phase out non-therapeutic use of medically important antibiotics in livestock; require new applications for animal antibiotics to their use will not endanger public health; and would not restrict the use of antibiotics to treat sick livestock or to treat pets.

PAMTA has a cousin in the House, introduced by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

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