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FDA Raises Concerns Over Arsenic in Chickens

Carcinogen Is Found in Livers of Chickens Fed Arsenic Drug; FDA Says Chicken OK to Eat

Chicken Called Safe, but Arsenic Study Raises Questions continued...

The National Chicken Council issued a statement saying, "Chicken is safe to eat. The Food & Drug Administration says it is NOT raising any alarms about consumption of chicken."

Chickens excrete arsenic compounds in their feces. Environmental groups have raised concern that runoff from chicken farms, as well as fertilizer made from chicken waste, may be polluting groundwater.

"Arsenic in chicken production poses a risk not only to human health, but to the environment," Consumer's Union senior scientist Michael Hansen, PhD, says in a news release. "Arsenic can end up in the manure from chicken coops and this is spread on agricultural land as fertilizer. Chicken coop floor waste is also routinely swept up and recycled as feed to cows on large-scale feedlots. We need to get arsenic out of food production altogether."

Some 90% of 3-Nitro is fed to chickens, although the drug is also approved for use in turkeys and in pigs.

Chickens sold as "antibiotic free" have not been fed arsenic-containing drugs.

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