Israel seeks ban on arsenic poultry additive

Just days before Thanksgiving, Rep. Steve Israel announced he?s proposing legislation to ban a food additive containing arsenic that?s sometimes found in turkeys.

The FDA says roxarsone, which helps to control intestinal parasites in poultry, does have small amounts of arsenic. However, the agency says it?s safe to use and poses no risk to consumers.

However, John Hopkins University Dr. Keeve Nachman says a study he did on roxarsone in the food supply found long-term exposure to arsenic has been linked to cancer and other diseases.

Israel says a good way to avoid the issue is to buy USDA organic certified meat.

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