FOOD CHEMICALS: FDA Bans Use of Most Arsenic Added to Chicken, Turkey Feed
Three of the four arsenic-containing drugs used as growth-promoters and color retainers will now be banned
Three of four arsenic drugs used in animal feed have been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…
The drugs — roxarsone, carbarsone and arsanilic acid — were added to feed for chicken, turkeys and pigs to prevent disease and promote growth and a “healthy” pink hue….
The Center for Food Safety and several other advocacy groups filed a petition with the FDA four years ago seeking to ban the four drugs in animal feed. Recently the CFS filed a lawsuit to try to force the FDA to respond, which seems to have worked.
The FDA’s move calls for the immediate withdrawal of the vast majority of arsenic-containing compounds used as feed additives for chickens, turkeys and hogs. Of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs, 98 will be withdrawn, according to the CFS.
The fourth drug, nitarsone, is the only known treatment for blackhead (histomoniasis), a disease that can kill turkeys, so for now it can still be used. The FDA said it will continue to study the effects of nitarsone, the Times said, and will make a final decision on whether or not to pull it from the food supply in 2014.
Interestingly, the FDA said it is rescinding approval for the drugs not in response to the petition, but at the request of the companies that market them.
Chart sources: ehp.niehs.nih.gov; nationofchange.org
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