Praise FDA for Banning Arsenic in Chickens


Target: Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Thank FDA for their successes in eliminating arsenic in chicken feed

A recent decision by the US Food and Drug Administration bans all uses of arsenic in chicken food. Up to 70% of poultry is given feed laced with arsenic to help the birds gain weight while eating less food. After four years of American food activists and several food groups expressing concern about this practice, the FDA has finally taken action. They recently announced that 98 of 101 arsenic animal drugs that are used will be withdrawn.

This announcement is a huge success for food activist groups as well as American consumers. It is astonishing that arsenic, which is known as a dangerous poison, is still used in so many food items. This issue was something that many Americans didn’t even know about. Even several farmers who used the arsenic-laced feed were unaware of what was in it because they are given little choice regarding what feed to use. Any steps to remove poisonous arsenic from our consumption are beneficial to human health.

Please sign the petition below to thank the FDA for finally taking action on the use of arsenic in chicken feed, and helping to improve the health of consumers.


Dear Food and Drug Administration,

Thank you for your recent decision to ban the use of 98 of 101 arsenic drugs used in chicken feed after years of public pressure. The use of arsenic was the cheaper, convenient method of saving money on chicken feed, but the larger priority should be to protect the health of American consumers.

Arsenic is a known poison, and the fact that it is currently used in so many food products is disturbing. Although it is not supposedly harmful in small portions, it is now present in so many common foods, some of which are eaten daily by individuals, that the long-term effects on the body could be detrimental.

Thank you again for helping to maintain the health of American food, and the safety of American consumers.


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