By Elise Viebeck - 03/14/13 04:44 PM EDT
"Instead, we’ve gotten delays and half measures, and as a result, even common illnesses like strep throat could soon prove fatal."
Critics have accused the FDA of ignoring the issue because of pressure from pharmaceutical companies.
According to Slaughter's office, 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are destined for use in livestock. The drugs are used to boost animals' growth or make up for poor conditions.