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Legislation to Ban Arsenic in Maryland’s Poultry Industry Derailed Again by Insider Politics

03/28/12

03:42:49 am

Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch

Washington, D.C.—“For the third year in a row, the Maryland State House has failed consumers and their vital resources by undermining groundbreaking legislation that would have banned the use of arsenic in the state’s poultry industry.

“At the last minute the poultry and pharmaceutical industries made changes to the bill to ban arsenic, effectively nullifying the bill’s intent. They then used their political clout to pass the gutted bill through the House of Delegates.

“The Democratic leadership of the Maryland General Assembly will need to fix this bill in order to demonstrate that their loyalties lie with their constituents, not the powerful poultry and pharmaceutical industries.

“We urge the Maryland State Senate to implement an actual ban on arsenic in chicken production by restoring the bill’s original language.”

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

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