Senate panel wants quick FDA action on drug-resistant diseases

Gail Hansen, senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, praised the bill's language. 

"We applaud the Senate for making this a priority," she said via e-mail. "The recent drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak that sickened 110 people and killed one shows that FDA action on antibiotics in food animal production is long overdue."

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