Tasteless and odorless, arsenic may appear innocuous enough; but, as you should know, it can be a deadly poison when it’s in your food. In sufficient quantities, the metal increases oxidation, destroys cells’ ability to create energy and ultimately causes major organ failure. Even in small amounts, arsenic can promote intestinal upset, nausea, fatigue, infections, liver damage and other serious problems. To add to the danger, arsenic is a known carcinogen.
Following the release of a groundbreaking U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report back in 2011 indicting roxarsone, the infamous Pfizer-produced arsenical drug, as a high-level contaminant in conventional chicken meat, the drug's manufacturer voluntarily agreed to pull it off the market, leading many health-conscious individuals to breathe a collective sigh of relief. But a new study recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) reveals that inorganic arsenic is still prevalent in virtually all conventional chicken meat, as an arsenical drug similar in composition to roxarsone is still being widely used and fed to conventional chickens.
As a follow-up to an investigation it conducted earlier in the year on arsenic levels in popular fruit juices (http://www.consumerreports.org), the consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports has released a new report about arsenic levels in rice and rice products, the findings of which may come as a surprise to many. It turns out that virtually every rice product on the market today contains detectable levels of toxic arsenic, including many "all-natural" and organic rice products.
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed to limit the amount of inorganic arsenic in apple juice to 10 parts per billion. For reference, 10 parts per billion is the same arsenic “action level” set for drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The old saying, "You are what you eat," poses troubling implications for public health in light of a new study on chicken meat, which found that most of it contains dangerously high levels of toxic arsenic. And the worst part is that industrial chicken producers are directly responsible for causing this, as they intentionally add arsenic-based pharmaceutical drugs to chicken feed in order to bulk them up quickly and improve the color of their meat, which in turn poisons you and your family.
Arsenic exposure may reduce men's sperm counts, a Chinese study has found. Whether reproduction is affected is not known, since the amount of sperm in semen is only one measure of male fertility. People are exposed to arsenic mainly through water and food. The preliminary study is the first to link men's sperm quality with exposure to arsenic.
Three Arkansas farming operations have filed a class-action lawsuit against Pfizer, Tyson Foods, and three Arkansas poultry producers over arsenic detected in their rice.
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.