FDA Admits Toxic Arsenic is Found in Chicken Meat
Do you remember hearing about this? The FDA has been acting like a teenager caught with a pack of cigarettes: denial and skirting the issue, finally admitting to the offense, and trying to rationalize why it’s not so bad after all. The Associated Press reported on the long-awaited statement from the FDA confirming that inorganic arsenic, the most toxic form of the chemical, was found to be absorbed in the nearly half of chickens tested. How did it get there? It’s purposefully fed to them.
Roxarsone (“3-Nitro”) is the arsenic-containing drug added to chicken feed for the purpose of fattening them up and giving their meat a “desirable” pink hue. Faster weight gain on less feed also means “desirable” cost cuts for producers. These money-saving measures seem to have caught up with factory farmers. The Wall Street Journal reported on the FDA’s findings:
“The agency said it recently conducted a study of 100 broiler chickens that detected inorganic arsenic at higher levels in the livers of chickens treated with 3-Nitro compared with untreated chickens… Pfizer said sale of 3-Nitro would be stopped by early July in order to allow animal producers to transition to other treatments.”
The biggest head-scratcher is how the FDA claims how the levels of arsenic in chickens are so low that their meat is still safe to consume. This is the same FDA who reported arsenic to be a carcinogen – meaning it is decidedly not safe to consume. Thankfully, the public is intelligent enough to call a spade a spade.
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