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Lawsuit Seeks To Eliminate Arsenic In Animal Feed

Last updated on Sunday, June 9, 2013

(UNDATE) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit because it continues to allow a form of arsenic to be used in animal feed given to chickens, turkeys and hogs.

Leigh DeNoon of the Indiana News Service reports that the suit was filed on behalf of a handful of advocacy groups, including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

According to the Institute's senior advisor in science, food and health, David Wallinga, the suit stems from a petition that was filed against the FDA three years ago.

"Basically saying, 'This is arsenic. We don't need it to raise these animals for meat and, in fact, it's a public health hazard. So, let's do something about it.'

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