I have previously made many posts and inquiries of government authorities about this barbaric practice of adding a known carcinogen and acute poison to feed animals that will eventually become human food (see Arsenic In Canada's Chicken ).
On Nov. 8, 2013 I emailed a number of questions to Health Canada about their surveillance of CAFO chicken to ensure that CAFO chicken farmers actually implemented the arsenic ban, versus ignored it and continued with their evil practice as if the ban didn't exist.
I never got a response from Health Canada, in spite of a few reminders.
I received a comment a while ago on my previous Blog postings about arsenic, asking if there has been any update. I decided to try once more to get some straight answers out of Health Canada. Perhaps with the new Liberal Government under Justin, Health Canada would be more inclined to answer.
Therefore, I copied the Nov. 8, 2013 email and sent it off again to Health Canada's Veterinarian Drug Directorate ("VDD") who is in charge of these things.
So far, I have received VDD's apology for their tardiness in answering the 2013 email. Good first step. I was told the answering of the email has been assigned to one or more of VDD's "experts".
Agri007 picked up on my renewed effort to get arsenic answers. This cross posting prompted some additional questions about the arcane historic practice of arsenic additions to chicken feed:
- Has there been any anecdotal evidence, or formal
scientific study that Canadians arsenic loading (ie. food,
air, dermal, or water born arsenic intake) has
been affected because of the arsenic ban? Is a study of
this issue planned in the future? If not, why not?
- Has there been any anecdotal evidence, or
formal scientific study that Canadian human health has
been affected (pro or con) because of the arsenic ban? Is a
study of this issue planned in the future? If not, why not?
- Has there been any anecdotal evidence, or formal study of the health status of CAFO chicken flocks (ie. farms that previously used arsenic in the feed) has been affected by the arsenic ban? Is a study of this issue planned in the future? If not, why not?
Stay tuned. It will be interesting to see if there is a "Trudeau II" effect on openness, transparency, and accountability by the Federal Government.