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OTA applauds FDA action to ban three arsenic drugs for livestock

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauds the news that the U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Administration is rescinding its approval for three arsenic drugs used in poultry and pig feeds, as reported October 1 in The New York Times. According to the article—and verified by FDA on its website, the action is being taken by […]

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Three down, but one still to go

The three arsenic compounds—roxarsone, carbarsone, and arsanilic acid—have been used in 101 drugs added to feed for chickens, turkeys and pigs to prevent disease, increase feed efficiency and promote health. The Center for Food Safety, along with other advocacy groups, had filed a petition nearly four years ago seeking to ban all arsenic-based animal drugs. […]

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Organic is part of the solution to minimize consumers’ arsenic exposure

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in soil, water and air, and all plants take up arsenic, including fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether the farming method is conventional or organic. However, because organic production practices never use arsenic-based pesticides or animal feed additives, organic agriculture is part of the solution to minimize consumers’ arsenic […]

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FDA releases new data on arsenic in rice levels in products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday released data collected from tests on more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice product samples that measured arsenic levels, both total arsenic and inorganic arsenic, the more toxic form. FDA scientists have determined that the levels of inorganic arsenic found in the samples are too low […]

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OTA monitoring release of new arsenic findings

Analytical findings from an inter-laboratory study testing methodology to measure arsenic in white rice, brown rice, kelp and apple juice are being discussed today during a session at the annual AOAC International meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center, is attending the session, and will report back […]

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Arsenic findings to be released this week

Analytical findings from an inter-laboratory study testing methodology to measure arsenic in white rice, brown rice, kelp and apple juice are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday, Aug. 23, during a session at the annual AOAC International meeting in Chicago, IL. The analytical findings were gathered from 41 laboratories from around the world including multiple U.S. […]

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Dr. Jessica Shade to attend AOAC session

Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center, will attend the Tuesday morning AOAC meeting session focusing on developing methods for detection of chemical contaminants. The session, to run from 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., will be co-chaired by three FDA officials—Alexander J. Krynitsky, Michael McLaughlin, and Jon W. Wong. Of particular note […]

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OTA expands WhitePaper to include seafood, seaweed

With the expected release this week of additional analytical findings concerning arsenic in seaweed, OTA and The Organic Center have collaboratively prepared an addendum on seafood and seaweed that will be added to its comprehensive White Paper on Arsenic that is posted on its members-only website. OTA and its members are committed to providing a […]

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Why arsenic method validation is important

Research examining toxins in food is critical to ensure the safety of our diet.  Specifically, research examining methodology for examining arsenic uptake in foods is important, because it allows us to get accurate information about levels of potentially toxic substances in our diet and make informed choices about methods for food safety protocols. Historically, arsenic […]

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FDA proposes “action level” for arsenic in apple juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now accepting comments on its proposed “action level” of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice announced July 12. This is the same level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for arsenic in drinking water. FDA is establishing this threshold to […]

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