FDA: Ban Arsenic in Chicken Feed!

I got this petition alert in my email to share:

Dear Eldy,

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University discovered arsenic in feather meal from poultry raised on U.S. factory farms. Arsenic is routinely fed to poultry in order to fight infection and turn their flesh an “appetizing” pink color. That alone should be enough to kill anyone’s appetite for chicken!

What’s worse is that in addition to arsenic, scientists found caffeine, antibiotics and antihistamines in chickens. These potent drugs keep animals awake longer so they eat more and grow faster. They also help fight infection in the crowded and unsanitary conditions that are characteristic of factory farms. It’s time the poultry industry stopped putting our health at risk for the sake of padding their CEOs’s wallets!

Please sign the petition urging the FDA to keep dangerous chemicals out of poultry feed.

Thank you for taking action,

Sharanya P.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

 

This is the actual petition site information:

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University discovered arsenic in feather meal from poultry raised in U.S. factory farms. Food companies routinely feed arsenic to poultry in order to fight infection and turn their flesh an “appetizing” pink color.

In addition to arsenic, scientists found caffeine, antihistamines and a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These drugs were included in poultry feed to keep animals awake longer so they eat more, to calm the animals, and to fight infection, respectively. Fluoroquinolones are already illegal because they can breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria that harm humans. But apparently that hasn’t stopped the poultry industry.

Factory farm workers are often unaware of the chemicals they feed to poultry. Obviously, consumers are also unaware of the drugs fed to the animals they eat.

Please sign the petition to keep arsenic, caffeine, antihistamines and fluoroquinolones out of poultry feed.

 

You bet I signed this one.  Scientists have been trying to alert the government of the dangers of the transference of chemicals fed to animals to humans who eat their meat…it is time to have a voice on this very important issue!

Today’s “stone” is  Day 34  above freezing temperature, dripping, melting, sliding

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