Volume 95 Issue 20 | p. 13 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 15, 2017

Arsenic poultry feed additive may be more problematic than believed

Roxarsone metabolites have been identified in chicken liver even following the safety period after the birds have stopped consuming the supplement
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: toxicology, roxarsone, arsenic, poultry

The arsenic-containing feed additive roxarsone was used for more than 60 years to promote weight gain and to prevent parasitic infections in poultry and swine before its use was halted in Europe and North America because of concerns of exposure to cancer-causing arsenic metabolites. But the additive is still used in Asia. Researchers led by the University of Alberta’s X. Chris Le and Wuhan University’s Bin Hu were . . .

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