Avoiding Arsenic Chicken
HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer
Americans know that chicken feed isn’t just chicken feed: it is mixed with enhancements that make the chickens plumper, more disease-resistant, healthier looking, and better able to pursue lives of religious fulfillment.
Despite the presence of X-factor ingredients in chicken feed, Americans have been assured for years by the FDA that our chickens are safe for consumption. We believed them.
Even after acknowledging that chicken feed contains as dangerous a chemical as arsenic, a cancer-causing poison, the FDA maintained that the arsenic is excreted through chicken feces and does not remain in the meat. We believed them.
Now the FDA has announced that arsenic is found in the meat of approximately 70% of all chickens sold in the U. S., but remains at safe levels. Do we still believe them? That’s a tough call. It’s made tougher by the fact that Pfizer (through its chicken-feed-manufacturing subsidiary, Alpharma LLC) is voluntarily removing the offending chemical – Roxarsone or 3-Nitro – from the U. S. (though probably not from other countries). Pfizer is voluntarily removing the chemical, as the FDA has asked but not ordered the company to do so.
Roxarsone is scheduled to be phased out of the U. S. by early July 2015. Meanwhile, we’re still eating the arsenic chicken.
How, then, should you buy chicken? First, your safest bet is “Certified Organic,” which creates a skinnier, anxiety-ridden chicken that at least is not poisoned with arsenic. Secondly, if you opt for run-of-the-mill chicken, avoid bright pink chicken because that bright pinkness signifies the healthier-looking-yet-deadlier arsenic chicken. Third, avoid chicken having gray/pasty-looking fat; go for your white-to-deep-yellow fat hues.
As you double-check your chicken, be serene in the knowledge that chicken feces is fed to cattle in factory beef plants. Even after careful chicken choices, you will still be consuming second-hand arsenic chicken shit in your hamburgers and steaks, at least until early July 2015.
DO’S AND DON’TS
DO buy “Certified Organic” chicken, at least prior to early July 2015.
DON’T buy chicken that is bright pink.
DON’T buy chicken with fat that is gray or pasty colored.
DO buy chicken with fat that is white-to-deep-yellow.
By Kathy Catanzarite
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