The FDA has acknowledged that most of the chicken meat sold in the United States has contained cancer-causing arsenic.
Marking the latest update in the decades long debate, the FDA has ordered that the use of this toxic chemical in poultry fodder finally be phased out completely; though it still maintains its argument that the amount of arsenic in chicken is extremely low, because it is excreted in the chicken species, and completely safe to consume.
Not surprisingly, the National Chicken Council agreed, responding that “chicken is safe to eat.” Really?
The company that produces Roxarsone in chicken feed is Alpharma, LLC., formerly known as Zoetis Products LLC., a subsidiary of Pfizer; the same company responsible for producing the controversial chemical adjuvant containing vaccines used for children.
The removal of the dangerous chemical, also known as 3-Nitro, is good news for the United States, but the pharmaceutical powerhouse, which also sells the product to more than a dozen countries, may not remove it from feed products everywhere, unless ordered to do so by regulators.
In 2011, Natural News reported that “after years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice” the FDA finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the United States did in fact contain arsenic that could be fatal in high doses, adding that “the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!”
According to the report, while livestock producers claimed they used the chemicals to combat blackhead disease in chickens and turkeys, Roxarsone and other arsenic-based drugs also increase weight gain and create a “healthy color” in poultry meat.
The FDA originally approved Roxarsone in 1944, “to help prevent coccidiosis, a parasitic disease that infects the intestinal tracts in poultry.”
The American Chemical Society (ACS), has admitted that “arsenic has been linked to bladder, lung, skin, kidney and colon cancer, while low-level exposures can lead to partial paralysis and diabetes.”
Source: Natural News
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