Three of four arsenic drugs used in animal feed have been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Malcolm Bedell/From Away A chicken sandwich with a secret ingredient
Yes, that's right -- that means that up until now, arsenic was used in animal feed.
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. (Unfortunately arsenic does not kill salmonella.) However, recent studies showed levels of arsenic in chicken exceeded amounts that occur naturally, The New York Times reported. Meaning that the arsenic in the feed was doing more than just its job. Wouldn't ya know it was making its way into the animals' tissues, thence into your mouth, your tummy and your tissues.More »