After years of overlooking issues, FDA finally admits that chicken meat sold in the United States contains arsenic. Arsenic is a cancer-causing chemical that is deadly in high doses.
The shocking thing is that this arsenic is deliberately added to the chicken feed.
According to IATP’s report of 2006 (Playing Chicken: Avoiding Arsenic in your meat) at least 70% of chickens raised for meat are fed on arsenic.
This chemical is added to accelerate faster weight gain on less feed. It’s also responsible for the perceived appearance of healthy color in poultry meat.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) findings, about 50% of all the chickens tested have absorbed inorganic arsenic (most toxic form) in their liver.
In that regard the FDA directed Pfizer to halt production of Roxarsone, the drug that contains arsenic and which is added to chicken feed.
The Wall Street Journal says:
“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.”
Even as the arsenic-containing product is being removed from the shelves, the FDA still maintains that arsenic level in chickens is so low that it is still safe for human consumption.
However, the University of South Carolina Department of Environmental Health Sciences claims that arsenic, together with mercury and led, can produce grave neurological effects on young children and developing fetuses.
Generally, arsenic is roughly four times as poisonous as mercury.
According to numerous reports, ingested arsenic has the potential of causing:
- Bowen disease (squamous cell carcinoma in situ)
- Invasive squamous cell carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma of the skin
- Albeit less often, internal cancers of the lung, the bladder, the kidney, and the liver