3 arsenic drugs banned from use in pig, poultry feeds in U.S.

The FDA will ban three of the four arsenic drugs used in animal feeds at the request of their manufacturers after studies showed excessive levels of arsenic in chicken. The Center for Food Safety said 101 drugs added to feed for pigs, turkeys and chickens contain carbarsone, roxarsone and arsanilic acid. Nitarsone, the fourth arsenic drug, was not banned because it is the only known treatment for a fatal disease in turkeys, but the FDA plans to continue studying it.

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