New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has announced that she once again plans to reintroduce a bill she put together in 2009 aiming at reducing the amount of antibiotics used on animals.
Her previously introduced bill was “The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.” If we assume the bill that she plans to bring forward mirrors that 2009 version, it will, according to the Congresswoman’s website, aim to:
- Phase out the non-therapeutic use in livestock of medically important antibiotics;
- Require this same tough standard of new applications for approval of animal antibiotics;
- Does not restrict use of antibiotics to treat sick animals or to treat pets and other animals not used for food.
It is unknown when such an antibiotic bill could be introduced.
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