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FDA finally admits chicken meat contains cancer-causing arsenic; but keep eating it

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#1 moldylogic



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Posted 09 June 2011 - 11:23 PM

The FDA is making me mad. Laws against consensual crimes are a joke.
A year long investigation into an Amish farmer selling milk?

We should follow Sedgwick, Maine and call food sovereignty. The town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s also a decided bucking of state and federal laws.

(NaturalNews) After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that's fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It's added to the chicken feed on purpose!

Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical. (

Until this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chickens ended up in their meat. The fairytale excuse story we've all been fed for sixty years is that "the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces." There's no scientific basis for making such a claim... it's just what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

But now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves ( And what's the name of this manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years? Pfizer, of course -- the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

Technically, the company making the Roxarsone chicken feed is a subsidiary of Pfizer, called Alpharma LLC. Even though Alpharma now has agreed to pull this toxic feed chemical off the shelves in the United States, it says it won't necessarily remove it from feed products in other countries unless it is forced by regulators to do so. As reported by AP:

"Scott Brown of Pfizer Animal Health's Veterinary Medicine Research and Development division said the company also sells the ingredient in about a dozen other countries. He said Pfizer is reaching out to regulatory authorities in those countries and will decide whether to sell it on an individual basis." (

Arsenic? Eat more!

But even as its arsenic-containing product is pulled off the shelves, the FDA continues its campaign of denial, claiming arsenic in chickens is at such a low level that it's still safe to eat. This is even as the FDA says arsenic is a carcinogen, meaning it increases the risk of cancer.

The National Chicken Council agrees with the FDA. In a statement issued in response to the news that Roxarsone would be pulled from feed store shelves, it stated, "Chicken is safe to eat" even while admitting arsenic was used in many flocks grown and sold as chicken meat in the United States.

What's astonishing about all this is that the FDA tells consumers it's safe to eat cancer-causing arsenic but it's dangerous to drink elderberry juice! The FDA recently conducted an armed raid in an elderberry juice manufacturer, accusing it of the "crime" of selling "unapproved drugs." ( Which drugs would those be? The elderberry juice, explains the FDA. You see, the elderberry juice magically becomes a "drug" if you tell people how it can help support good health.

The FDA has also gone after dozens of other companies for selling natural herbal products or nutritional products that enhance and support health. Plus, it's waging a war on raw milk which it says is dangerous. So now in America, we have a food and drug regulatory agency that says it's okay to eat arsenic, but dangerous to drink elderberry juice or raw milk.

Eat more poison, in other words, but don't consume any healing foods. That's the FDA, killing off Americans one meal at a time while protecting the profits of the very companies that are poisoning us with their deadly ingredients.

Oh, by the way, here's another sweet little disturbing fact you probably didn't know about hamburgers and conventional beef: Chicken litter containing arsenic is fed to cows in factory beef operations. So the arsenic that's pooped out by the chickens gets consumed and concentrated in the tissues of cows, which is then ground into hamburger to be consumed by the clueless masses who don't even know they're eating second-hand chicken sh*t. (

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:00 AM

WTF! good thing i dont eat meat:puke: great post

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:47 AM

WTF! good thing i dont eat meat:puke: great post

Yea, you just eat the vegetables grown downstream from the chicken-shit-arsenic runoff ;)

This cycle is closed. Nobody goes unpoisoned.
Want fries with that?

Also, though the topic of the op is repugnant, if it comes as a surprise that the vaunted FDA isn't the high-water mark on health, well then, I welcome you to reality. Baring those economically exempt from choice, it's not difficult to have at least, a rudimentary understanding of ones food source. Unless I'm gleefully ignorant, lazy or just plain over-nourished on heavy metals, I am free to chose the food (ie. one source of life-giving energy through colories) I desire.

Oh boy, that's a ramble...
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 07:53 AM

Now consider where most chicken farms (and pressure treated wood factories) are, and where obesity rates are highest... Hmm...

Arsenic is a potent thyroid disruptor and may be related to the high obesity rate. It used to be in pressure treated wood (high levels of arsenic have been measured in the ground beneath playground equipment and picnic tables built out of it) and is apparently still being used in chicken feed. Obesity rates are highest in the South, where both chicken farms and pressure treated wood plants are common.

Incidentally, the CDC reported the U.S. obesity rate has not measurably increased in recent years (since 2003-2004).( 2003 also happens to be the year the lumber industry began phasing out arsenic-based pressure treating.

This is worth a look:
“Does environmental arsenic contamination cause obesity by disrupting thyroid hormone mediated gene regulation?” (http://neurologicalc...ene-regulation/)

Mycoremediation can solve this problem, well least the polluted farm waste runoff problem if not the chicken-with-arsenic-in-it problem.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:05 AM


thanks moldy, you just inspired me to go back to the ol' organic veg before money and missis been saying it for a while, time to do it...

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:07 AM

Oh I trust the FDA sooo much they are only looking out for our safety and wellbeing ;)

Why am I not surprised about this! More and more they are pushing me to become vegetarian! Seriously!

So not cool but not surprised :thumbdown:

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 08:15 AM

lets welcome the opening acts for codex alimentarius.

thanks for posting this...

the hand is gnawed,the end is nigh.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 09:29 AM

Kind of a long read, but interesting info. I was wondering why they used the shit in the first place.

Arsenic In Chicken Production

A common feed additive adds arsenic to human food and endangers water supplies

Bette Hileman

FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS and some public health experts, one of the most puzzling practices of modern agriculture is the addition of arsenic-based compounds to most chicken feed. The point of the practice is to promote growth, kill parasites that cause diarrhea, and improve pigmentation of chicken meat. But Tyson Foods, the U.S.'s largest poultry producer, stopped using arsenic compounds in 2004, and many high-end and organic growers raise chickens quite successfully without them. What's more, McDonald's has asked its suppliers not to use arsenic additives, and the European Union banned them in 1999.
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Roxarsone—4-hydroxy-3-nitrobenzenearsonic acid—is by far the most common arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed. It is mixed in the diet of about 70% of the 9 billion broiler chickens produced annually in the U.S. In its original organic form, roxarsone is relatively benign. It is less toxic than the inorganic forms of arsenic-arsenite [As(III)] and arsenate [As(V)]. However, some of the 2.2 million lb of roxarsone mixed in the nation's chicken feed each year converts into inorganic arsenic within the bird, and the rest is transformed into inorganic forms after the bird excretes it.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, long-term exposure to inorganic arsenic can cause bladder, lung, skin, kidney, and colon cancer, as well as deleterious immunological, neurological, and endocrine effects. Low-level exposures can lead to partial paralysis and diabetes. "None of this was known in the 1950s when arsenicals were first approved for use in poultry," says Ellen K. Silbergeld, a toxicologist at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Three different pathways exist by which roxarsone in chicken feed can contribute to human arsenic exposure. Roxarsone, or its breakdown products, ends up in chicken meat and adds to the dietary intake of arsenic; roxarsone excreted in chicken litter contaminates land and groundwater after the manure is spread on cropland; and the large amounts of poultry litter made into fertilizer pellets for home gardens and lawns contaminate homegrown produce with arsenic and expose the consumer to arsenic dust.
Last year, a team led by James A. Field of the department of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Arizona reported that under anaerobic conditions, roxarsone is converted to inorganic arsenic within eight months after poultry litter is spread on fields (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40, 2951). "Roxarsone is not very toxic," Field says, "but in anaerobic environments, it is transformed into highly toxic forms."
In January, Partha Basu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Duquesne University and colleagues reported that microorganisms of the genus Clostridium in chicken litter rapidly transform roxarsone into inorganic arsenate under anaerobic conditions (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2007, 41, 818). "We see As(V) created in less than 10 days," Basu says, noting it "can be readily leached into groundwater."
Chicken manure introduces huge quantities of arsenic to agricultural fields. According to Donald L. Sparks, professor of marine studies at the University of Delaware, poultry litter is spread on land at the rate of 9 to 20 metric tons per hectare. Each year, he estimates, 20 to 50 metric tons of roxarsone in chicken litter is applied to fields on the Delmarva Peninsula, a region that includes parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
A group led by Johns Hopkins' Silbergeld analyzed arsenic in tap water on the Delmarva Peninsula. It found higher levels of arsenic in areas where chicken litter is spread on fields and lower levels in areas where chicken manure is not spread. The research was reported at the Society of Toxicology meeting in late March.
One reason for the increasing concern about roxarsone is that the weight of evidence for arsenic as a carcinogen is much greater now than it was a decade ago. In 2001, EPA proposed reducing the maximum contaminant levels for arsenic in drinking water from 50 ppb to 10 ppb and required water systems to comply by January 2006. The agency took this action in response to three National Research Council reports that concluded the standard of 50 ppb posed unreasonable risks. And even the new lower maximum appears problematic. According to EPA estimates, the risk of cancer from 10 ppb of arsenic in tap water is 1 in 2,000, a 50-fold higher risk than that allowed for most other carcinogens.
Even though the drinking water standard for arsenic has been strengthened, the standards for arsenic residues in poultry-2,000 ppb for liver and 500 ppb for muscle-have remained unchanged for decades. Furthermore, neither the Food & Drug Administration nor the Department of Agriculture has actually measured the level of arsenic in the poultry meat that most people consume. USDA has measured it only in chicken livers.
In 2004, Tamar Lasky, an epidemiologist then at USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service, estimated intake of arsenic from chicken consumption. To do this, she used liver measurements and a technical bulletin published by the roxarsone producer Alpharma. She concluded that the mean concentration in young chickens is 390 ppb, which is three to four times greater than arsenic levels in other types of poultry and meat from other animals.
Lasky also calculated that people ingest a mean of 1.3 to 5.2 ??g per day of inorganic arsenic from chicken alone. Those who eat much more chicken than average may ingest 21 to 31 ??g of inorganic arsenic per day, she wrote, which for some is greater than the tolerable daily intake recommended by the World Health Organization. Because per capita chicken consumption has more than doubled since the 1960s, it may be necessary to review the assumptions regarding the overall arsenic intake, Lasky observed.
THE ONLY PERSON who actually has obtained data on the arsenic content of chicken meat, other than livers, is David Wallinga, a physician and director of the food and health program at the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy. IATP, which is a research and advocacy organization in Minneapolis, tested raw chicken from Minnesota and California supermarkets.
Fifty-five percent of the 151 samples of raw chicken in these tests contained detectable arsenic ranging from 1.6 to 21.2 ppb, Wallinga wrote in a report. Nearly three-quarters of the samples from conventional producers had detectable levels of arsenic, but only one-third of samples from certified organic and other premium chicken suppliers had detectable levels. On the other hand, no arsenic was found in samples from Tyson and Foster Farms, which have both stopped using roxarsone. "As a physician, I find it ludicrous that we continue feeding arsenic to chickens now that we know it increases our cancer risk, and it's unnecessary for raising chickens," Wallinga says.
According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Chicken Council, Wallinga's report is not scientific and means very little. "There is no reason to believe that there are any human health hazards from this type of use" of arsenic-bearing feed additives, the council says. FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine declined an opportunity for an interview about roxarsone.
Banning roxarsone in chicken feed would not eliminate all arsenic from chickens or the environment. Some poultry consume water from wells contaminated with natural arsenic. Some are raised on soil contaminated from heavy use of arsenical pesticides in past cotton cultivation. Arsenic also is released from coal-fired power plants. But banning the additive in feed would eliminate a substantial portion of arsenic from the human food chain and some of the arsenic in drinking water.
Even if regulators don't act, roxarsone may be on its way out because of lack of demand. There are reports that Bon Appétit Management Co., a $400 million food service company, may soon join McDonald's and Tyson Foods in prohibiting poultry suppliers from using the additive.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:32 AM

Its a win-win for pfizer. They get to dump their toxins without having to pay to have it done and they sell a lot more drugs after they make you sick.

Any wonder drug companies in the US make more profit than all the fortune 500 companies put together?

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 09:12 PM

SICK! Just unbelievable. I'm ashamed. This right here is why I can't WAIT to be a farmer. I dream of the day I can cut my own chickens heads off, and grow and eat MY own food that no one else has pissed on.

Thanks for the post, a real eye opener. I had read something close to this awhile ago....but nothing this terrifying.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 09:17 PM

...I can't WAIT to be a farmer. I dream of the day I can cut my own chickens heads off, and grow and eat MY own food that no one else has pissed on.

Don't forget to write your "free" time a nice farewell letter ;)

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:55 PM

The more the FDA gets involved the less I wan't to rely on the food industry. It's not that dissimilar to some dude taking a crap in a swimming pool. The cool blue water seems to lose it's luster when there's a guy telling you the waters fine as he pinches one off. Next growing season I was planning on growing enough corn to feed my livestock, I guess this report sets that goal in stone.

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