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Industry Assures Consumers: No Arsenic in Feed

20 September 2012, at 10:07am

US - The National Chicken Council is looking to reassure consumers that US poultry is not feed additives containing arsenic, after an investigation from Consumer Reports identified worrisome levels of arsenic in rice cereals.

The National Chicken Council has said that the investigation leaves the false impression that feed additives containing arsenic are fed to chickens in the US.

“Chickens in the United States produced for meat are not given arsenic as an additive in chicken feed,” said Tom Super, NCC vice president of communications.

“Some flocks used to be given feed that contained a product called Roxarsone, which included safe levels of organic arsenic. Even though the science shows that such low levels of arsenic do not harm chickens or the people eating them, this product was removed from the market last year, it is no longer manufactured and it is no longer used in raising chickens in the United States. No other products containing any amount of arsenic are used in chicken production.”

For questions and answers about arsenic’s presence in food and chicken feed, click here.

Further Reading

You can view the Consumers Reports study by clicking here.