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Definitely not a scientific article, but has anyone heard of this before? Does anyone have any other info that may be more credible?
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on June 10, 2011
at 10:06 AM
It is common practice in the US and other parts of the world to feed arsenic based compounds to chickens to improve their growth and control parasites although it seems this in now about to change thanks to some new research. Worries about its use have been around for a few years so it has taken a while for the FDA to catch up. Good to see its being withdrawn from use in the US even if it is only a voluntary suspension.
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FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS and some public health experts, one of the most puzzling practices of modern agriculture is the addition of arsenic-based compounds to most chicken feed. The point of the practice is to promote growth, kill parasites that cause diarrhea, and improve pigmentation of chicken meat. But Tyson Foods, the U.S.'s largest poultry producer, stopped using arsenic compounds in 2004, and many high-end and organic growers raise chickens quite successfully without them. What's more, McDonald's has asked its suppliers not to use arsenic additives, and the European Union banned them in 1999.
Alpharma, a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., decided to voluntarily suspend sale of 3-Nitro?? and to facilitate an orderly process for suspending use of the product in the United States. Alpharma???s plan provides for continued sales of 3-Nitro?? for 30 days from June 8, 2011. The company stated that allowing sales for this period will provide time for animal producers to transition to other treatment strategies and will help ensure that animal health and welfare needs are met. FDA officials stress that the levels of inorganic arsenic detected were very low and that continuing to eat chicken as 3-Nitro?? is suspended from the market does not pose a health risk.
Are there animal drugs approved with arsenic in them?
Yes. 3-Nitro?? (Roxarsone) was the first arsenic-based product approved for use in animal feed and is currently the most commonly used arsenic-based animal drug. Other arsenic-based drugs that are approved for use in food-producing animals (poultry and swine) include nitarsone, arsanilic acid, and carbarsone. Current data indicate that only the 3-Nitro?? and nitarsone products are being marketed. These drugs all have forms of organic arsenic--the form of arsenic that is less toxic and not carcinogenic--as their active ingredient.
When were these animal drugs approved?
FDA approved the use of products containing arsenic many years ago. The first approval for 3-Nitro?? (Roxarsone), NADA 005-414, was on March 21, 1944. There have been several subsequent approvals for 3-Nitro?? (Roxarsone) for combination use, the most recent being 2009.
on June 11, 2011
at 01:09 AM
Just saw this story today: http://www.naturalnews.com/032659_arsenic_chicken.html