Tell me if you have experienced this: You are biting your homemade chicken nuggets, and the taste is stringy and funny. Truth be told, I’m sure you’ve experienced more “misses” than “hits” with factory-farmed chicken meat you got from the local grocery store or supermarket.
For those of you who enjoy a good chicken prepared at home, we have some alarming news. The FDA admitted recently that factor-farmed chicken meat might contain arsenic, one of the deadliest chemicals for the human body.
And if you’ve noticed that your chicken meat lately tastes strange, weird, and funny, this is the answer to your question “Why”.
The FDA research on chicken meat
According to the FDA research, nearly 70% of factory-farmed chicken meat contains some doses of arsenic. Why does it happen? Because arsenic drugs are fed to the chicken, and the chemical elements contaminate the soil and the water underground. Before the FDA study, the poultry industry denied there was any arsenic in the meat.
It is worth noting that not all arsenic remains in the body of the chicken. However, the remaining one is passed to people in the form of a meat. And we consume it each and every day for the past 60 years.
According to the study by the FDA, nine billion chickens are raised each and every year. In 88% of them, the FDA found roxarsone, an arsenic-based drug that was fed to chickens. The drug was forbidden in the US in 2011 but was allowed to be sold in other countries.
Why is arsenic so dangerous?
Arsenic is a chemical element that begins to tarnish when is exposed to air, and this is when the element becomes poisonous. When exposed to air, arsenic produces a strong smell, similar to the smell of garlic.
Short-term exposure to arsenic might not be as dangerous, but long-term exposure to arsenic carries a wide range of risks for the human health. Long-term exposure to the chemical potentially increases the risk of cancer in the bladder, kidney, skin, lungs and many other skin changes such as pigmentation.
Occupational exposure is one of the most common ways we are exposed to arsenic, and that happens primarily by inhalation. Occupational exposure is almost always linked with lung cancer.
Evidence suggests that arsenic causes damage to the whole chromosomes, not only the skin cells. However, it there is no indication that arsenic causes damage to individual genes.
The problem is, people know that arsenic is poisonous and harmful when consumed over a long period of time. However, some people go beyond malpractices, with a simple goal in mind, and that is to earn money.
Other potential risks
– According to statistics, factory farmed chicken meat caused more foodborne illnesses from 1998 to 2010 than any other meat consumed by Americans. The data is extracted from the Center for Science and published in Risky Meat report.
– In 2010, according to Consumer report analysis, bacterial was found more than two-thirds of the whole chicken. And two-thirds of those bacteria were resistant to at least one antibiotic.
– According to a study in 2014, feeding chickens with low level of antibiotics on a constant basis, results in risk for human health, as we become resistant to antibiotics
– According to another report, the immune system of chickens in factory farms has been weakened, courtesy of their fast growth rate. The lower immune system can contribute to more foodborne illnesses from factory farmed chicken meat
– A study in 2013 at the University of Georgia found out that there are high levels of salmonella and other bacteria such as campylobacter at the plants where chickens are processed for slaughtering.