FDA finally admitted that chicken meat contains inorganic arsenic, as reported by the Associated Press.
Arsenic is a toxic chemical which is known to have cancer-causing properties, and when taken in high doses, it can have fatal consequences.
Its presence in chicken meat sold in the supermarkets has long been kept as a secret, but now the FDA finally admitted it.
According to FDA findings, half of the tested chickens had inorganic arsenic in their liver, and this it the most toxic form of this cancerous chemical.
Individuals who consume large amounts of rice which contains arsenic, experience change in the cells which leads to cancer development, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
When ingested, arsenic causes Bowen disease (squamous cell carcinoma in situ); invasive squamous cell carcinoma; basal cell carcinoma on the skin; and sometimes even cancers of the internal organs, including lungs, kidneys, bladder, and liver, according to the most recent reports.
According to to the University of South Carolina, Department of Environmental Health Services, arsenic, just like mercury and lead, has extremely toxic effects on fetuses and children.
Moreover, experts claim that arsenic has 4 times more poisonous effects than mercury. For instance, Arsenic As+3 is 60 times as toxic as the pentavalent As +5.
The most problematic issue in all this is actually the origin of the arsenic added to the chicken. Namely, arsenic is intentionally mixed with the chicken food.
According to IATP`s report in 2006, called Playing Chicken, more than 70% chickens are fed with arsenic in order to stimulate faster growth on less food, and it also gives healthy color of chicken, turkey and hog meat.
As a result of this, Pfizer was asked to stop the production of Roxarsone, a drug which contains toxic arsenic and is added to chicken feed in order to make the meat look fatter and have a nice pink color.
“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.”– reported The Wall Street Journal.
Regardless of the fact that this product is recalled from the stores throughout the US, the FDA still asserts that chicken contains safe amount of arsenic and that it is safe to eat.
Undoubtedly, the production industry does not want to spread the news about arsenic and its toxic effects on human health.