Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health. But before federal regulators place restrictions on antibiotics used in food-animal production, they should consider what already has been done.

A White House initiative on combatting antimicrobial resistant bacteria expected to be announced this week will include recommendations to address antibiotic resistance for human and veterinary medicine. But advocacy groups will likely proclaim that the priorities related to animal agriculture don't go far enough. The implication will be that there is some failure with, or lack of, current regulations on antibiotics use in food animals that's causing people harm.

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