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Rice Farmers Suing Drug Company and Poultry Industry for Contaminating Their Crop with Arsenic

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  • Three Arkansas farming operations have filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, Tyson Foods, and three Arkansas poultry producers after arsenic was detected in their rice, claiming it is the result of arsenic additives used in chicken feed. Chicken litter is used by rice farmers as fertilizer
  • The FDA announced a "voluntary suspension" of Pfizer’s arsenic-laced drug Roxarsone in 2011. Tyson claims to have stopped using the drug in 2004, but the lawsuit claims all poultry industry defendants have used Roxarsone to some degree in their proprietary feed formulas as recently as 2011
  • The safety of Roxarsone, manufactured by Pfizer, was based on the fact that it contains organic arsenic, which is less toxic than the other inorganic form, which is a known carcinogen. But research has shown that the organic arsenic in Roxarsone transforms into highly toxic inorganic arsenic in anaerobic environments such as soil
  • On October 10, the USDA announced that Tyson Foods had issued a nationwide recall of misbranded chicken containing undeclared allergens
  • Large corporate-controlled CAFOs have a detrimental impact on soil quality, water quality, nutrient density, and dramatically increases disease among the animals, requiring excessive use of veterinary drugs (which end up on your plate) and increases the risk of foodborne illness

By Dr. Mercola

Three Arkansas farming operations have filed a class-action lawsuit against Pfizer, Tyson Foods, and three Arkansas poultry producers over arsenic detected in their rice.


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