FDA: Ban Arsenic in Chicken Feed!

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University discovered arsenic in feather meal from poultry raised in U.S. factory farms. Food companies routinely feed arsenic to poultry in order to fight infection and turn their flesh an "appetizing" pink color.

In addition to arsenic, scientists found caffeine, antihistamines and a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These drugs were included in poultry feed to keep animals awake longer so they eat more, to calm the animals, and to fight infection, respectively. Fluoroquinolones are already illegal because they can breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria that harm humans. But apparently that hasn't stopped the poultry industry.

Factory farm workers are often unaware of the chemicals they feed to poultry. Obviously, consumers are also unaware of the drugs fed to the animals they eat.

Please sign the petition to keep arsenic, caffeine, antihistamines and fluoroquinolones out of poultry feed.
Dear Food and Drug Administration,

We are concerned with the findings of two recent studies of drugs fed to poultry raised in U.S. factory farms. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University recently discovered arsenic and other chemicals in their feather meal. Food companies routinely feed arsenic to poultry in order to fight infection and turns their flesh an appetizing pink color.

In addition to arsenic, scientists found caffeine, antihistamines and a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These drugs were included in poultry feed to keep animals awake longer so they eat more, to calm the animals, and to fight infection, respectively. Fluoroquinolones are already illegal because they can breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria that harm humans.

Factory farm workers are often unaware of the chemicals they feed to poultry, because the food mix is unlabeled. Obviously, consumers are also unaware of the drugs fed to the animals they eat. Please ban arsenic, caffeine, antihistamines and fluoroquinolones out of poultry feed to protect consumers and the quality of life for poultry raised in factory farms.

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