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For Immediate Release

Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-2500, kfried(at)fwwatch(dot)org

Food & Water Watch Urges Maryland General Assembly to Send Arsenic Ban to Governor O'Malley

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter


"Today the Maryland State Senate passed a bill that improves upon the House of Delegates' attempt to ban arsenic in the state's poultry industry. The bill passed last week by the House was gutted by the poultry and pharmaceutical industries.

"Arsenic is often added to chicken feed in the form of the compound roxarsone. While it is intended to control intestinal disease and promote growth, there is little evidence that it is necessary to support these functions, and the poultry industry's use of arsenic has been called unsustainable by the University of Maryland's Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. Chronic human exposure to arsenic has also been shown to increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological deficits and other health problems.

" Food & Water Watch thanks Delegate Tom Hucker and Senator Paul Pinksy for their tireless work on this issue, and urges the General Assembly to send the Senate's bill to Governor O'Malley for his signature."

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