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Katie Orr

The bill would limit the use of antibiotics in livestock. Beginning in 2018 a veterinarian would have to approve the medication. Over-the-counter sales would also be eliminated.

Jason Pfeifle is with CALPIRG, a consumer advocacy group. He says when animals are given too many antibiotics they can develop drug-resistant bacteria which can be passed to humans.

"Antibiotic-resistance is a serious health crisis which results in nearly 23,000 American deaths each year," he says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two-million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year.

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