Lawsuit Filed Regarding Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Inorganic Arsenic in Rice
On September 21, 2012, a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Arkansas rice producers was filed in state court in Arkansas County, Arkansas. The complaint, filed by Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, alleges the elevated level of inorganic arsenic found in Arkansas-grown rice is primarily the result of many rice farmers’ use of chicken litter as a fertilizer in their rice fields. Arsenic is put into chicken feed for purposes such as promoting growth. This results in chicken manure containing inorganic arsenic, a compound dangerous for human consumption. The use of chicken litter as fertilizer results in the rice plant absorbing arsenic.
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