New Scientific Studies: Arsenic, Benedryl and Banned Antibiotics in Your Chicken?

According to an article in the New York Times, scientists at John Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future found some very disturbing ingredients in factory farmed chicken. According to the studies referenced in the article, a class of antibiotics that has been banned in poultry production the U.S. since 2005 is still in use. Although researchers intended to to test only for antibiotics, they decided to obtain other substance results and were “floored” at what they found. Farmed chickens may be fed caffeine, the active ingredients in Tylenol and Benedryl and even arsenic.

One of the co-authors of both studies, Keeve E. Nachman added that they haven’t found anything that is “an immediate health concern” but questioned whether these things should be be fed to the animals we eat. The article goes on to say that arsenic has routinely been fed to poultry (and sometimes hogs) because it “reduces infections and helps maintain an appetizing shade of pink” in the meat. Substances like caffeine are apparently given to the birds to encourage them to stay awake and eat, while another substance is given to them to calm them down as stressed birds produce tough meat. Another study referenced in the article found that banned antibiotics like Cipro had been found in chicken. The scientists in the study analyzed bird feathers, which apparently accumulate chemicals like human finger nails. What isn’t known yet is how much of the questionable chemicals are actually making it to our plates.

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