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The Hidden Threat in Your Chicken

Posted on: June 10, 2013

human carcinogen—not something you would knowingly bring home from the grocery store on a regular basis. But it’s on the menu every time you buy nonorganic chicken, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Keeve Nachman, PhD, director of the Farming for the Future Program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and his coauthors analyzed 78 samples of chicken purchased from grocery stores across the country to determine how much arsenic each sample contained. It’s widely known that chicken producers add arsenic-based drugs to chicken feed to speed the birds’ growth and treat certain infections, but no one, not even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which approved those drugs, has ever analyzed meat to see if that carcinogenic arsenic was winding up on your dinner plate. “The FDA has even said that any animal drug that increases concentrations of inorganic arsenic (the dangerous form of the metal linked to cancer) is of concern,” Nachman says.

Continue reading at Rodale


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