Arsenic In Chicken Production | April 9, 2007 Issue - Vol. 85 Issue 15 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 15 | pp. 34-35
Issue Date: April 9, 2007

Arsenic In Chicken Production

A common feed additive adds arsenic to human food and endangers water supplies
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

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, . . .

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