ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it supports a ban on arsenic in chicken feed.
The foundation issued a statement Tuesday in response to a new report by Food & Water Watch on arsenic in chicken feed that cites an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Kim Coble, Maryland executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says farmers have alternatives and the potential risk to the environment and human health warrants caution.
Some growers, including Perdue, have stopped using arsenic. However, Delmarva Poultry Industry, a poultry trade association, successfully fought bills in the Maryland legislature this year that would have banned arsenic in poultry feed, noting it is approved by federal regulators.