As a former farmer, I was interested to read that US Representative Steve Israel (D.-N.Y.) is taking a stance against injecting poultry with what he considers “poison.”

As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Representative Israel is reminding consumers that turkeys, soon to be consumed by millions during the coming Holiday season, may contain poison.

The problem is that poultry producers may use a food additive called “roxarsone” which helps young chicks grow and keeps parasites off the young birds. However, “roxarsone” is a derivative of arsenic. Low levels of arsenic can cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting among other health issues.

The FDA has however stated that ingesting arsenic contained in poultry muscle is safe at low levels. Representative Israel is not convinced and has introduced the “Poison Free Poultry Act of 2009 (H.R. 3624).”

Hate to be a “downer” by writing about this subject the day before Thanksgiving. This author, even with the above having been said, will be enjoying turkey this Holiday season but certainly sees the need for Representative Israel’s initiative to keep our food safe and healthy.

Attorney John Feroleto

Attorney John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile. Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ recovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are. He was also named Trial Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the Western New York Affiliate of New York State Trial Lawyers Association. [ Attorney Bio ]

Request Free

    438 Main Street
    Buffalo, NY 14202

    (716) 854-0700