After countless years of simply ignoring the mounting evidence, the FDA admitted that the cancer-causing arsenic does, in fact, exist in most grocery store chicken in the US.
Apparently, chicken suppliers have been purposely adding arsenic to chicken feed for decades and the FDA knew about it! Even worse, the governing agency notes in their own research that arsenic added to chicken fodder does, without a doubt, end up in the chicken meat you feed your family.
For close to sixty years, the FDA, prompted by execs in the billion-dollar poultry industry, had been spinning the unsubstantiated tale that any arsenic ingested by poultry was immediately excreted in their feces.
While there has never been any scientific evidence to support this wild claim, the FDA chose, for close to six decades, to simply “play chicken” with your health, allowing this ridiculous practice by greedy chicken feed manufacturers and farmers to continue. But now the chickens have come home to roost in more ways than one.
A study conducted in 2011 by the FDA itself, showed high levels of inorganic arsenic in more than 70 percent of all US chickens.
Manufacturers of chicken feed claim that arsenic not only gives the store-bought chicken meat an illusion of healthy coloring and plumpness but that it makes the chickens grow faster and helps control coccidiosis, a common intestinal disease in poultry, especially chickens that are cramped closely together like those in commercial chicken farms.
The future of chicken
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that nearly half of all chickens examined have absorbed inorganic arsenic, the most toxic form, in their liver. Based on that finding, the agency asked Pfizer to stop manufacturing Roxarsone, the arsenic-containing drug that’s added to feed to fatten chickens and give the meat a bright pink hue.
But even as its arsenic-containing product is removed from the shelves, the FDA continues its campaign of denial, declaring arsenic in chickens is at such a low level that it’s still safe to consume. This is even as the FDA says arsenic is a carcinogen, meaning it raises the risk of cancer.
But what the industry is hiding from you is the fact that arsenic is extremely toxic to human health.
The University of South Carolina Department of Environmental Health Sciences warns that arsenic, along with lead and mercury are known to produce horrible neurological effects on developing fetuses and young children. Arsenic, in general, is said to be about four times as poisonous as mercury.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association discovered that individuals who ate large quantities of arsenic-tinged rice, in the absence of other known arsenic exposure, showed significant cellular changes linked to cancer development.
Numerous reports have since confirmed that ingested arsenic can cause Bowen disease (squamous cell carcinoma in situ); invasive squamous cell carcinoma; basal cell carcinoma of the skin; and (less frequently) internal cancers of the lung, the kidney, the bladder, and the liver.
Tips for buying store-bought chicken
- Always check the “best before” and “packaged on” dates.
- Any fat in the chicken should be white to deep yellow, never purchase any chicken that has pasty or gray colored fat.
- Chicken meat should not be unnaturally bright pink. Avoid any meat that looks too pink.
- Buy “Certified Organic” meat products when you can. It is the only real way you can be assured what you and your family are eating is safe.