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Two liberal House Democrats are warning that a recent salmonella outbreak is a sign of a coming “catastrophe” that could make some food-borne illnesses nearly impossible to prevent.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said that increasing amounts of antibiotics fed to livestock and chickens are producing drug-resistant strains of bacteria, making outbreaks harder to contain.

“We believe we’re on the edge of a catastrophe,” she said.

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