Farmers Sue Pfizer Inc. Over Arsenic in Rice

Published: Oct 11, 2012

Three Arkansas farming operations have filed suit against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Tyson Foods Inc. and three other Arkansas poultry producers, alleging arsenic found in Arkansas rice is caused by farmers' use of chicken litter as fertilizer. The lawsuit (PDF), filed in Circuit Court in Stuttgart by Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP of Birmingham, Ala., seeks class-action status. In addition to Pfizer, of New York, and Tyson, of Springdale, the suit names as defendants Pilgrim's Pride Corp. of Greeley, Colo., Simmons Foods Inc. of Siloam Springs, George's Farms Inc. of Springdale and Peterson Farms Inc. of Decatur.

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