FDA Confirms Deadly Additive in Chicken

Arsenic in Chicken

It’s cheap, easy to prepare, and a good source of protein. No wonder chicken is so popular.

Bodybuilders eat it by the truckload to pack on mass. People trying to lose weight use it in their diet to help burn fat and feel full while cutting calories. It’s the perfect food… right? Think about it…

Other than undercooking it, chicken doesn’t present any real risks to your health.

Or so we thought.

This frightening confirmation of what’s really in your chicken may have you swearing it off for good…

And this time, if you can believe it, even the FDA admits there’s a problem…

The government now admits that commercial chicken contains arsenic.1

And the chickens are getting it from their chicken feed. It contains an ingredient called Roxarsone. A product of Pfizer Inc., Roxarsone makes chickens gain weight faster.2 But we already know that inorganic arsenic causes lung cancer in humans…3

The good news? Both Pfizer and the FDA say that the ingredient will no longer be used in the United States. Of course, it doesn’t change the fact that we have been eating this poison for years.

The FDA says there isn’t enough arsenic in chicken to cause any health problems…4 No surprise there.

But whether you have a couple servings of chicken here and there or eat it every day, any amount of arsenic is too much.

Making things worse—and gross—is that most cattle feed contains chicken litter… Otherwise known as chicken poop.

If the chickens are eating arsenic…  And the cattle are eating chicken litter… That means that you’re eating arsenic (and probably feces) whether you’re eating chicken OR beef.5

So what can you do to avoid eating chicken that contains arsenic?

If you buy conventional chicken in a grocery store, then probably not much. Your best bet is to get fresh eggs or chicken from a local farm if you can.

Until you can be sure that you aren’t eating a mouthful of arsenic, it might be wise to spend a little more money on organic chicken and beef.

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1 http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/fda-some-chicken-may-have-small-amount-of-arsenic/article_0ecc5758-91f7-11e0-a572-001a4bcf6878.html
2 http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1206245/
3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11055628
4 http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/fda-some-chicken-may-have-small-amount-of-arsenic/article_0ecc5758-91f7-11e0-a572-001a4bcf6878.html
5 http://www.naturalnews.com/027414_chicken_disease_cows.html

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  1. David Edwards says:

    How can we stop these companies from killing us

    • Frank says:

      Why is this a surprise? I recently read that Big Pharma gives the FDA over half a billion dollars a year. It seems like the government forgot who they work for and who provides their paychecks. They certainly have their heads in the sand (or in their wallets) when it comes to the safety of the consumer.

  2. Karen Cook says:

    Places like Sprouts or Farmers Market, do they have a cleaner chicken?

  3. Ana Alston says:

    Wow, this is ridiculous! My first thought was: “I’m becoming a vegetarian, but what a small consolation when I know that we are being poisoned from every possible side, starting from our water, air, medications, the “organic” veggies, so our best bet is not to eat, drink, and stick our noses in our ***.


  4. Adrienne says:

    fyi –

  5. John Messina says:

    This is just another poison for profit deal. Having been a rancher and farmer I have breed, hatched and farmed turkeys and chickens.In addition as a young man I worked on chicken farms. You can’t believe want poor conditions fowl are raised under. Chickens as well as being range free both for their healthy well being and the natural feed they forage but the coops have to be cleaned and bleached out weekly.Also dusted with natural lime to prevent insect and worms infestation and of course fresh clean natural water. Only then is chicken. I have also worked in stores and restaurants where chicken and turkey was recycled to appear fresh.

  6. William Casey says:

    I must admit I worry about whats in the water solution added to much meat(beef chicken and pork) found in the store and I don’t have the knowledge of the poultry industry to discuss their feed additives.

    However, you need to know that your statement “most cattle feed contains chicken litter” is incorrect!!!! This was not even remotely true before feeding chicken litter was banned and is definitely not true now. Before it was banned it was mostly used in the southeastern united states as a supplement for cow herds and growing cattle not in finishing rations, it was used though. Now it’s value as fertilizer for crops and pasture makes it uneconomical as a feed even if it hadn’t been banned.

    If you want to have credibility with your articles I suggest you do a little more homework before you try to sell stuff with “fear” to people that don’t understand how livestock are raised. There is much improvement that can be made however.

    I suggest your readers buy their meat from someone they know and trust, if they can. Voting with your dollars is the only way to make real change in the current systems. If you want cheap you’ll get cheaply made products. If you want safety and quality you will have to pay more.

  7. Mary Titus says:

    I am going to have to find a reliable local farmer who respects, not only life, but also the health of the people who patronaizes him or her.
    This is ridiculous.

  8. [email protected] says:

    William I just went and did some research and here is what it said, You are wrong son> Here’s what we do know. Canada has banned this practice. The United States has not banned the practice of feeding chicken manure to cattle – quite the opposite in fact. You can find the following recommendation from the University of West Virginia (as an example) on the web by simply Googling ‘feeding chicken litter’:
    The following rations are based on free choice feeding and is adequate for both dry and lactating cows. Because chicken litter is high in minerals, no salt or minerals need to be fed with this ration.

    70% chicken litter

    30% hay”

    There are of course many concerns associated with eating beef fed on chicken ‘crap’. The more we learn about disease transfer – such as influenza viruses, the more we realize how at risk we are in our modern world. Chicken feed has as one of its ingredients cattle in the form of crude protein from meat and bone meal. In Canada we have banned the use of specified risk materials from all animal feed. However, in the United States this is not the case. While the FDA was on track to enact a ban on April 27th this has been delayed until at least June 26th and the American beef industry is asking for further delays.
    SO AS OF NOW>>>
    Use as Cattle Feed[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Traditionally used as fertilizer, it is now also used as a livestock feed as a cost-saving measure compared with other feedstock materials, particularly for beef animals.[7] [8]

    Prior to 1967, the use of poultry litter as cattle feed was unregulated but that year the FDA issued a policy statement that poultry litter offered in interstate commerce as animal feed was adulterated, effectively banning the practice. In 1980, FDA reversed this policy and passed regulation of litter to the states. In December 2003, in response to the detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in a cow in the state of Washington, the FDA announced plans to put in place a poultry litter ban. Because poultry litter can contain recycled cattle proteins as either spilled feed or feed that has passed through the avian gut, the FDA was concerned that feeding litter would be a pathway for spreading mad cow disease. In 2004, FDA decided to take a more comprehensive approach to BSE that would remove the most infectious proteins from all animal feeds. The FDA decided at this point that a litter ban was unnecessary in part based on comments by the North American Rendering Industry.[9] In 2005, the FDA published a proposed rule that did not include a litter ban and in 2008 the final rule did not include the ban either.

  9. Dave says:

    Things are getting worse. For a few years now, commercial co-op GMO fed chicken is being sent to China for cheaper labor processing. Aside from the poor quality control that China has shown the world over the years, there is now a concern that China is including their country’s raised chickens to the batch of American raised chicken and sending it back to us for sale in the US. This chicken still gets a label that it was grown in the USA, but who’s to know where it is all from?
    Best bet, local grown free range Organic chicken.

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