The hard kept secret is out: the FDA finally confirmed that chicken raised for food are positive for inorganic arsenic, a fatal toxic chemical which causes cancer. The real issue however, is the origin of arsenic and how it ends up in our food.

It’s mixed with chicken on purpose! The IATP report from 2006 called “Playing Chicken: Avoiding arsenic in your meat”, says that over 70% of the chicken raised for meat production are given arsenic to induce faster growth with less food and a better color – the color of turkey or hog meat. The FDA found that half of these chickens have tested positive for the deadly chemical.

In wake of this, the multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer was asked to stop with the production of Roxarsone, a drug that contains arsenic added to chicken food to make them bigger and give them a better color.

The Wall Street Journal reported: “The agency said it recently conducted a study of 100 broiler chickens that detected inorganic arsenic at higher levels in the livers of chickens treated with 3-Nitro compared with untreated chickens … Pfizer said sale of 3-Nitro would be stopped by early July in order to allow animal producers to transition to other treatments.”

But, even without the drug on the shelves in stores throughout the country, the FDA admits that a small amount of arsenic is still present in the chicken.

The chicken production industry doesn’t want you to know that arsenic is extremely dangerous. Along with mercury and lead, arsenic has the most severe neurological effect in kids and fetuses. It’s about four times more poisonous than mercury, and yet it ends up in our food! The trivalent arsenic AS+3 is sixty times more toxic than the pentavalent AS+5.

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association claims that people who consume large amount of rice containing arsenic develop cellular changes associated with cancer development. When ingested, arsenic can cause Bowen disease, invasive squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and cancers on organs. However, even with all this evidence, the FDA does nothing about it, telling consumers that food with arsenic is safe!