FDA: Chicken May Contain Small Amounts Of Arsenic

The Food and Drug Administration says chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it.

The FDA says that a new study developed by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic, called Roxarsone, may make its way into parts of the bird that are eaten. Studies have previously indicated that the arsenic was eliminated with chicken waste.

Pfizer, maker of the feed ingredient, says that it will pull it off the market in the U.S. The FDA says it would be banned because it is a carcinogen.


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  • by Wondering Location: E NC on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Won't eating small amounts of some poisons cause a person to develop an immunity?
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      by US-First on Jun 9, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to Wondering
      You have been watching too much TV or the movie "Princess Bride".
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    I knew it! It`s a conspiracy and those cows that say "eat mor chikin" are in on it!
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      by Boats on Jun 9, 2011 at 09:50 AM in reply to jerry
      The secret revealed!!!!
  • by Really? Location: DC on Jun 9, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    Another reason to eat organic...
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 06:33 AM in reply to Really?
      Yep as long as is aint from mexico or europe.
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      by US-First on Jun 9, 2011 at 06:47 AM in reply to Really?
      Arsenic is a poisonous substance, which is released both from certain human activities and "naturally" from the Earth's crust. Humans may be exposed to arsenic mainly through "food and water", particularly in certain areas where the groundwater is in contact with arsenic-containing minerals. It exists both organically and inorganically. Another reason to eat organic indeed..... Just because you pick more expensive food that says organic should not make you ignorant too. We and the companies that make products that feed animals and humans are discovering new things about the products (natural or otherwise) we consume all the time. First person to eat a poison frog was likely not thinking how lucky they were to be dying an organic death!
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        by Really? - DC on Jun 9, 2011 at 08:20 AM in reply to US-First
        I would rather eat a chicken that eats grass and non-chemical enhanced feed (with background Arsenic from the earth), than chicken that is being fed feed that knowingly contains ingredients including Arsenic...Also, eating organic yes does cost more, but guess what, that limits how much you can eat so you won't become obese.
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          by B on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to Really? - DC
          why don't you raise your own chickens and kill them yourself, see how that goes. You'll be back at the Food Lion dang quick.
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          by Really? - DC on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to Really? - DC
          @B - I live in the city and can not do that. So I just go to the farmers market where someone has already done that for me. Farmers markets are a better solution for good food (organic or not) b/c it is REAL food - not chemically produced.
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          by B on Jun 9, 2011 at 01:49 PM in reply to Really? - DC
          @really? - unless you raise the birds yourself you can't be that sure of what it was fed. I grew up on a farm so I know what organic fertilizer is, so you had better wash those veggies darn good before eating. as far as meat goes, I have eaten things that I had to catch, kill, clean & cook, so I ain't gonna stick my nose up at a bird from the Food Lion.
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      by Bertie on Jun 9, 2011 at 06:47 AM in reply to Really?
      Another reason to not indulge in murder of God's creatures.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 08:19 AM in reply to Bertie
        I dont know about you but everthing I have ever eating was once alive be it plant or animal.
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        by REM on Jun 9, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to Bertie
        "Another reason to not indulge in murder of God's creatures." You can't "murder" animals, since the term is for human beings ONLY. Besides, God told us to eat meat.
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        by I eat everything on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM in reply to Bertie
        I love greasy chicken wings,greasy cheese burgers, a nice juicy ribeye and a nice fat pig cooked on the grill.All of them are finger licking good.You really should not deprive yourself of such succulent flesh that god gave us.You should try it sometime.I feel sorry for you.
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        by But It's Fun! on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to Bertie
        And the animals taste SO good!
  • by here Location: here on Jun 9, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    What if you eat alot of chicken? What about children?
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      by B on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to here
      You eat children?
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        by blah on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM in reply to B
        Thats funny!
  • by Benny Location: Havelock on Jun 9, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    Small amounts of arsenic is a home remedy for cancer. Apricots and cancer.
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      by G-Nasty on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:48 AM in reply to Benny
      It's cyanide, NOT arsenic.
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