A bipartisan group of senators, three Democrats and a Republican, have introduced legislation that would restrict the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, according to The Hill.
The bill is a companion measure to legislation introduced earlier this year in the House of Representatives by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). It would disallow farmers from using seven classes of antibiotics critical for human health from being used to treat sick animals.
The bill comes as the House of Representatives earlier this week removed a provision of the 2012 agriculture spending bill that aimed to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from similarly restricting antibiotic use in livestock and poultry.
The Senate bill was introduced by cosponsors Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA).