FDA reported 70% of Chicken contains Arsenic putting consumers at the risk of Cancer?
The FDA or food and drug administration has for some time now putting off problems concerning reports that found chicken meat to contain inorganic arsenic. However they have finally decided to reveal the truth and confirm that chicken meat contains arsenic which could put consumers at the risk of cancer. Now that’s something no one would like to hear everyday especially since chicken is the most popular meat worldwide.
It is common knowledge that arsenic is a chemical that contains cancer. It is a huge health hazard when consumed in high doses. What’s most worrying is that arsenic is added to chicken meat on purpose. Previous to 2015, the FDA maintained that chicken meat contained low levels of arsenic but in a statement in 2015 the FDA finally admitted that almost 70% of chickens contained levels of arsenic that could pose as a health risk to consumers.
1 Arsenic tainted chickens were reported in 2006
In 2006 a report in the IATP which was titled “Playing chicken: avoiding arsenic inside the meat you consume” revealed that among chickens kept for the USA market, almost 70% contained arsenic. The reason for the arsenic was that the chemical was being pumped into them to gain weight. Hogs, turkeys and chickens were also injected with arsenic to regain normal color.
An FDA inspection found that after examination, almost half the chicken’s contained inorganic arsenic. This is a harmful chemical found in the liver. Pfizer was then asked to stop manufacturing an arsenic containing drug called Roxarsone or 3 nitro which was being used in chicken feed to make them gain weight and regain color.