Arsenic being intentionally added to conventional chicken
(NaturalNews) The old saying, "You are what you eat," poses troubling
implications for public health in light of a new study on chicken meat,
which found that most of it contains dangerously high levels of toxic
arsenic. And the worst part is that industrial chicken producers are
directly responsible for causing this, as they intentionally
arsenic-based pharmaceutical drugs to chicken feed in order to bulk them
up quickly and improve the color of their meat, which in turn poisons
you and your family.
You can thank researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
in Maryland for exposing this little-known fact in a recent paper published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives
As it turns out, virtually all commercial chicken, including certified
organic and "antibiotic-free" varieties, contain some level of inorganic
arsenic. But it is the conventional chicken fed arsenic-based drugs
that have the highest levels.
As reported by GRACE Communications Foundation
Senior Policy Advisor Chris Hunt, writing for Ecocentric
, Johns Hopkins
researchers collected a variety of chicken samples from grocery stores
in 10 cities across the U.S. Some of the meat samples came from
conventional sources, while others were U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) certified organic or "antibiotic-free." All the samples were
tested side-by-side with each other, including in both raw and cooked
Upon analysis, the team discovered that the conventional chicken meat samples had the highest levels of inorganic arsenic
overall, containing up to four times as much arsenic as the organic
chicken samples. These same conventional chicken meat samples contained
up to three times more arsenic than the maximum levels proposed, but later retracted
, as a safety standard by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) back in 2011.
"The levels of inorganic arsenic discovered in chicken
are cause for concern, especially since many of us are already exposed
to the carcinogen through additional dietary and environmental paths,"
writes Hunt. "But unlike these other sources of exposure, which
typically result from natural arsenic deposits, industry or residual contamination
from the days of widespread arsenical pesticide use, as noted in the
study, 'arsenical poultry drugs are deliberately administered to animals
intended for human consumption.'"FDA currently allows Big Pharma to lace chicken feed with arsenic to boost profits
the study is referring to, of course, is the common practice, at least
up until 2011, of industrial chicken producers adding a pharmaceutical
drug known as roxarsone to chicken feed. The Pfizer, Inc.-manufactured drug was in heavy use between 2010 and 2011 when the Johns Hopkins
study was conducted, and researchers found traces of this chemical in a significant percentage of the conventional chicken meat tested.
to Hunt's analysis, arsenical chemicals like roxarsone have been in use
since the 1940s, when chicken producers began adding it to chicken feed
to speed up growth, prevent disease, and improve meat pigmentation. But
as we now know, these chemicals are pervasive, and are known to cause
cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, mental impairment,
miscarriage, and other serious human health issues.
provides further evidence that continued use of arsenicals in food
animal production poses an entirely unnecessary threat to public
health," adds Hunt. "While the practice might boost the profits earned
by poultry giants and the manufacturers who supply them with arsenical
drugs, it's imprudent and irresponsible. As such, the FDA has no
legitimate justification for its ongoing failure to prohibit arsenicals
from food animal production."