FDA Finally Admits that Chicken Meat Contains Arsenic
The Associated Press reported that the FDA finally confirmed that chicken meat sold in the U.S. tests positive for inorganic arsenic. Arsenic is a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. What is even more shocking is that this arsenic is added to the chicken feed on purpose. In 2006, the IATP reported that more than 70 % of all U.S. chickens raised for meat are fed arsenic in order to induce faster weight gain on less feed and to give meat a bright pink hue.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that almost half of all tested chickens have absorbed inorganic arsenic in their liver. The agency asked Pfizer to stop manufacturing Roxarsone, the arsenic-containing drug.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“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 though the arsenic-containing product is pulled off the shelves, and arsenic is a carcinogen which increases the risk of cancer, the FDA still claims that the arsenic in chickens is at a very low level and safe to eat.
What the industry tries to hide is that arsenic is extremely toxic to human health and, along with lead and mercury, is known to produce horrible neurological effects on developing fetuses and young children. Arsenic is about four times as poisonous as Mercury. The trivalent Arsenic As+3 is considered 60 times more toxic than the pentavalent As +5. One study found that people who consume large quantities of arsenic-tinged rice showed significant cellular changes linked to cancer development.
According to numerous reports, 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.
What’s beyond belief is that the FDA tells consumers that it’s safe to eat cancer-causing arsenic but it’s dangerous to drink elderberry juice!