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Pfizer Halts Use of Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug: Pfizer has voluntarily halted the use of a poultry drug con...

Pfizer Halts Use of Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug: Pfizer has voluntarily halted the use of a poultry drug con...

Pfizer has voluntarily halted the use of a poultry drug containing arsenic from the market. FDA data has shown that the drug, Roxarsone, which contains arsenic, increases amounts of the known carcinogen in the livers of chickens . The drug is used to increase size and fend off parasites in chickens and while Pfizer contends that itÂ’s totally safe, it recently pulled the drug. According to Food Safety News : "The levels that we've detected in the study FDA conducted are very low and even low with respect to other levels," said Dr. Bill Flynn, the deputy director for Science Policy at FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, noting that arsenic can be present in air, water, and the environment. The concern is over whether the organic arsenic present in Roxarsone could be transforming into the more-toxic inorganic arsenic. The FDA says that the drug is widely used and though the...

Full article: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/pfizer-halts...

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