Food and Drug Administration Comes Clean on Arsenic-laced Chickens

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For the past sixty years American consumers eating chicken have also been ingesting small amounts of a known cancer-causing agent. The Food and Drug Administration now admits that chicken meat sold in the United States contains arsenic. What is especially disturbing is that the arsenic is intentionally added to chicken feed. The FDA explains how its own research indicates arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat consumed by humans. Prior to this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic given to chickens ended up in their meat, arguing that the arsenic in feed is excreted in the chicken feces. However, no science exists for making such a claim. Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug added to chicken feed known as Roxarsone, is now pulling the product. Roxarsone is one of several such drugs on the market used in chicken feed that have been banned in the European Union.

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