Consumer's Union senior scientist Michael Hansen, PhD, says in a news release.
"Arsenic in chicken production poses a risk not only to human health, but to the environment," "Arsenic can end up in the manure from chicken coops and this is spread on agricultural land as fertilizer. Chicken coop floor waste is also routinely swept up and recycled as feed to cows on large-scale feedlots. We need to get arsenic out of food production altogether."
Some 90% of 3-Nitro is fed to chickens, although the drug is also approved for use in turkeys and in pigs.
Chickens sold as "antibiotic free" have not been fed arsenic-containing drugs.