CBF supports ban on arsenic in chicken feed

Press Statement
November 9, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Supports Ban on Arsenic in Chicken Feed

Kim Coble, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued the following statement in response to a press conference today by Food & Water Watch re: a ban of arsenic in chicken feed:

"We support the effort to remove additives that contain arsenic from poultry feed. The potential risk to the environment and to human health from manure contaminated with arsenic warrants caution and prudence. Farmers have other alternatives to treat parasitic infections.

"Science tells us that the arsenic in chicken feed becomes concentrated in the birds' manure. Manure is commonly spread on crop land around the Chesapeake Bay and when the arsenic in the manure degrades it can become harmful.

"Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have expressed concerns that arsenic in chicken litter may be a risk to human health, either through exposure of poultry-house workers to airborne arsenic, or through contamination of local soils and or groundwater.

"Since there are alternatives to using arsenic in poultry feed and adding arsenic creates threats to environmental and human health, CBF supports removing arsenic-containing feed additives from poultry feeds."

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