Home   |   About Us   |   The Grow System   |   Blog   |   Join Us   |   Store   |   Forum Rules

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic — The Grow Network Community
We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.

- Coco

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

If you are old enough you can remember when all chicken in the US was basically organic. I can remember when Kentucky Fried Chicken was even good chicken! But then in the late 80’s and early 90’s (along with a name change) the chicken became gelatinous with less meat on the bone and more tendons. The same can be said with the chicken we buy in the store. That is because, as to no surprise, US chicken started to have a ton of man-made and chemical processing and farming techniques imposed on it. Many of these techniques resulted in radically changing the nutritional value of chicken… and its safety!

One glaring example is a recent revelation from the FDA (according to the Associated Press) that US chicken contains arsenic. Arsenic, by the FDA’s own admission is a carcinogen (meaning it can cause cancer). A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that individuals who consumed arsenic-tinged rice demonstrated high levels of inter-cellular changes that indicate cancer growth. Numerous other studied have shown arsenic to be associated with Bowen Disease (and other carcinomas). In some cases (less frequently) exposure to arsenic can cause damage or cancer growth in the lungs, kidneys, liver and bladder.

Clearly arsenic is bad, but the real story is how it got in chicken to begin with. The short answer is it was intentionally put there… in their food! The product (made by Pfizer) called Roxarsone, was added to chicken feed (some say about 70% of all feed in the US) to fatten up the chickens and give the meat a nice pink color. The FDA has recently pulled the plug on this product which is being phased out.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“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.”

Despite the recent ban on Roxarsone, foreign countries still often ban the importation of US chicken. Why? That is because a host of manual (unnatural) intervention in chicken farming is still allowed. For example, farmers are still allowed to use Hypochlorous acid (a byproduct of chlorine). This also helps fatten the chickens by making them retain water (notice the pads on the bottom of chicken packages used to soak up this water weight). However, the more the water the chickens absorb, the more chlorine they ingest as well. The more chorine they ingest, the more you ingest! Remember, chlorine was used in chemical warfare in World War 1.

The best way to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals in US raised chicken is to buy only organic, free-range chicken!

Take Spirulina to Detox Your Body Of Arsenic

It’s loaded with minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids. It detoxes the body by flushing fluids from the cells and replacing them with all this good stuff in spirulina.

Add the following to a warm bath:

½ cup spirulina, mixed in a pitcher of warm water (where to find)

½ cup sea salt

5 drops essential oil (I like to use a mixture of lime, bergamot and grapefruit).


  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not so fast. What is the source of Sea salt?, & Spirulina? - Where, what part of the world does either come from?

  • chimboodle04chimboodle04 Posts: 286 ✭✭✭

    Things like this make me so mad! When I was young, we did not have a lot of money, but my mom did her best to try and ensure we ate healthy - chicken, milk, wheat bread, etc... Granted, they were brought from the grocery store as we did not live on a farm, but they were supposed to be good for us, right? Now I am in my mid thirties and have both an autoimmune condition and thyroid problems - all of which I contribute to the junk that was allowed to be put into our food system! I had enjoyed gardening for years, but it was not until I had my first child that I started to really look into the food I was giving to her. Boy where my eyes opened! We now buy only pasture raised meat from a local farmer, milk from a local pasture dairy, and organic produce (what we cannot grow and put up for ourselves). Raising chickens and rabbits are on the near horizon as we continue to develop our small homestead plot, and we are planning on growing much of the food that will go into them as well. Anyone else feel betrayed when they hear of what was (and is) allowed to go on unbeknownst to most of the public consuming these products? And what is sad is so much damage has already been done....

    Sorry for getting on my soapbox, but thanks for letting me vent!

  • ines871ines871 zn8APosts: 1,290 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2019

    @chimboodle04 -

    Unfortunately it is true re betrayed because "what was (and is) allowed to go on, unbeknownst to most of the public consuming these products. And what is sad is so much damage has already been done...." Corporate greed, trumps Healthy behavior, Honesty, Integrity, Care, Concern, & 100's of other Humanitarian character qualities. -

    And now Awakened you are doing the Right thing: raising your precious children Organically as much as you can. And in so doing, you too can & will heal... 🤗 Good for you & your family!

  • Marjory WildcraftMarjory Wildcraft ✭✭✭ Posts: 1,133 admin

    thank you @Seluhe ... gosh I thought they had banned arsenic a while ago. It is added to the chicken feed as it makes the chickens retain water in their cells. The more water in the cells, the more the bird weighs. And the price poundage is everything.

    The thing is... when you ingest that not only is there the toxic consequences of arsenic, but it also makes your cells retain water.... So there are a bunch of people who are eating chicken thinking it is the healthier choice and to lose weight...

    A few years back I saw an analysis of Tyson chickens profits from poultry operations and sales. They run at very thin margins of about 6%. Turns out it was also estimated that the added weight of the arsenic retained water in the chickens cells puts about 6% more weight on the bird... So I guess from their perspective its an essential part of the business.

    Gosh, what to say about cheap food...

    This whole conundrum is what prompted me to create that video on how to raise meat chickens on a family scale. Well, that and the absolutely horrible conditions in which commercial meat birds are raised.

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 425 ✭✭✭✭

    @chimboodle04 stay up on your soapbox and vent to the world, even if only one person is educated, its worth it.

    Nothing surprises nor angers me anymore. Money and profit appear to control the world. In fact, individual choice controls this world. Information is readily available if one chooses to avail themselves of it. The choice, as always, is ours.

Sign In or Register to comment.