Time to get arsenic out of animal feed


Four years ago, IATP released test results which found that over 55 percent of uncooked chicken products in supermarkets and all 90 fast food chicken products we tested contained detectable levels of arsenic. Because of health risks associated with arsenic, we called for federal and state regulators to withdraw the approval of arsenic in animal feed. 

Today, after four years of governmental inaction, IATP and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition with the Food and Drug Administration once again calling for the agency to act.

“Arsenic can be poisonous. Its use in animal feed, therefore, is unnecessarily risky and has not been shown to be safe given the latest science,” said IATP’s David Wallinga, M.D. in a press release today. “To best protect public health, all avoidable exposures to arsenic should be eliminated. FDA can and should act.”

Here’s the full petition and our 2006 report Playing Chicken: Avoiding Arsenic in Your Meat.