What is in the Medicine you have Taken?

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Arsenic in Our Chicken?

Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times

Let’s hope you’re not reading this column while munching on a chicken sandwich.

That’s because my topic today is a pair of new scientific studies
suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine,
active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and
even arsenic.

“We were kind of floored,” said Keeve E. Nachman, a co-author of both
studies and a scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a
Livable Future. “It’s unbelievable what we found.”

He said that the researchers had intended to test only for
antibiotics. But assays for other chemicals and pharmaceuticals didn’t
cost extra, so researchers asked for those results as well.

“We haven’t found anything that is an immediate health concern,”
Nachman added. “But it makes me question how comfortable we are
feeding a number of these things to animals that we’re eating. It
bewilders me.”

Likewise, I grew up on a farm, and thought I knew what to expect in my
food. But Benadryl? Arsenic? These studies don’t mean that you should
dump the contents of your refrigerator, but they do raise serious
questions about the food we eat and how we should shop.

It turns out that arsenic has routinely been fed to poultry (and
sometimes hogs) because it reduces infections and makes flesh an
appetizing shade of pink. There’s no evidence that such low levels of
arsenic harm either chickens or the people eating them, but still…

Big Ag doesn’t advertise the chemicals it stuffs into animals, so the
scientists conducting these studies figured out a clever way to detect
them. Bird feathers, like human fingernails, accumulate chemicals and
drugs that an animal is exposed to. So scientists from Johns Hopkins
University and Arizona State University examined feather meal — a
poultry byproduct made of feathers.

One study, just published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal,
Environmental Science & Technology, found that feather meal routinely
contained a banned class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These
antibiotics (such as Cipro), are illegal in poultry production because
they can breed antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that harm humans.
Already, antibiotic-resistant infections kill more Americans annually
than AIDS, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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Pamela Ida


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