According to the Associated Press, the FDA stated that chicken sold on the markets across USA are fed with inorganic arsenic, a detrimental chemical for human health. It’s given to chicken because it causes quicker weight gain and less feeding. It’s also given to turkeys, hogs, and chickens for enhanced color.
10 broiler chickens were tested by the FDA and all of them had inorganic arsenic in their liver. However, the agency continues trying to convince people that the amount of arsenic in chicken is very small and thus, the meat is safe for consumption.
Nonetheless, we shouldn’t be fooled by such statements as arsenic is a highly toxic substance. In fact, The University of South Carolina Department of Environmental Health Sciences issued a warning about the responsibility of arsenic, lead, and mercury for fetus damage.
What’s more, arsenic is 4 times more poisonous than Mercury. Believe it or not, the trivalent Arsenic is 60 times more toxic than the pentavalent Arsenic. A research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association pointed out that people who consumed large amounts of arsenic rice, without any other known arsenic exposure, had cellular changes which can lead to cancer.
Additionally, it has been proven that when ingested; arsenic can lead to invasive squamous cell carcinoma, Bowen illness, basal cell skin carcinoma, and liver, kidney, lung, and bladder cancer.
How ever, we should consider that this statement was announced 2 years ago, and it was not clear that this was fake rumor or it was true. According to some websites The FDA announced in 2011 Pfizer would discontinue sales of an arsenic-containing feed additive.
Also The National Chicken Council, which represents companies that produce and process chickens, said in a statement that the ingredient has been used to maintain good health in chickens for many years, and that it is used in “many, but not all” flocks.
The final conclusion is that this debate can never end and it is up to you to decide to eat or not chicken, anyway stay cool and be always positive!