State delegate seeks to ban arsenic in poultry feed

ANNAPOLIS — Del. Tom Hucker is planning to present his bill to ban arsenic compounds from poultry feed to the House Environmental Matters Committee.

Hucker, a Democrat from Montgomery County, along with former Gov. Harry Hughes, Attorney General Doug Gansler, public health and environmental experts, is expected give testimony Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters of the bill say arsenic in chicken feed contaminates chicken meat as well as chicken waste, which can end up in the Chesapeake Bay.

Some also say it increases risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.