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FDA: Chicken May Contain Small Amounts Of Arsenic

The Food and Drug Administration says chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it.

The FDA says that a new study developed by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic, called Roxarsone, may make its way into parts of the bird that are eaten. Studies have previously indicated that the arsenic was eliminated with chicken waste.

Pfizer, maker of the feed ingredient, says that it will pull it off the market in the U.S. The FDA says it would be banned because it is a carcinogen.


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