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Why was rooster the primary supply of arsenic publicity in youngsters?

How did the National Chicken Council respond to health officials calling on the industry to stop supplying poultry with arsenic?

“Diet Practices influence Our exposure to pesticides, toxic heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants and industrial pollutants. A diet rich in fish and other animal products, for example, results in higher exposure to persistent organic compounds and metals than a plant-based diet because these compounds bio-accumulate the food chain. “Researchers at UC Davis analyzed the diets of children and adults in California to see how bad things had gotten.

The cancer benchmark values ​​were exceeded by all children – 100 percent of the children – for arsenic, the banned pesticides Dieldrin and DDT, the metabolites DDE and dioxins and not only slightly. As you can see at 0:51 in my video Where does the arsenic in chicken come from?, Researcher found more than 100 times the acceptable daily exposure to arsenic in preschoolers, school age children, parents and older adults, about 10 times the acceptable levels for various pesticides and up to a thousand times the daily dose for dioxins. Where do all these toxins come from?

The main source of dioxins in the diets of California preschoolers, kids, parents, and grandparents appears to be dairy products for all ages, followed by meat and then white potatoes, refined grains, mushrooms, poultry, and fish.

Nowadays, our DDT heritage also comes mostly from dairy products. Dieldrin was developed as a safer alternative to DDT, but banned just two years later, in 1974, although it is still found in our bodies, thanks largely to dairy products, meat, and obviously cucumbers.

Chlordane made it into the 1980s before it was banned, although we’re still exposed to dairy products (and cukes). Lead comes mainly from dairy products, in food terms, and unsurprisingly, mercury comes mainly from tuna and other seafood. But the main source of arsenic in children? Surprisingly, mostly made from chicken. Why?

let me say A story of arsenic in chicken. Arsenic is “known as a poison to anyone reading the mysteries or the history of the Borgias, and with its long and colorful history, arsenic is not something people want in their food.” When a biostatistics student went to the USDA in 2000 to look for a project for his Masters degree, he decided to look into it. He found a startling difference: the arsenic content of chickens was three times higher than that of other meats. His veterinary colleagues weren’t at all surprised, explaining that four different types of arsenic-containing antibiotics are fed to poultry – and have been fed to them since 1944.

“While arsenic-based poultry have been fed poultry since the 1940s, this source of exposure has been recognized [for humans] occurred only after a corresponding statistical analysis of the data “- that is, after this student had worked through the data. It was released in 2004 and expanded The National Chicken Council (NCC) wasn’t particularly pleased. saying Many foods are contaminated with arsenic. “By focusing specifically on chicken, IATP [the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy] makes it clear that this is an audience-oriented document that focuses on the goal of enforcement [chicken] Manufacturers to stop using these safe and effective products ”- by which the NCC means these arsenic-containing drugs. In fact, the NCC admits using them but says we needn’t worry because chicken producers use organic arsenic, “not the inorganic form that became infamous in” Arsenic and Old Top. “” Okay, we need that don’t worry – until we apparently cook it. When there is chicken cookedIt appears that some of the arsenic drug in meat is becoming the “arsenic and old tip” variety. That was the 2009 Poison-Free Poultry Act introduced in Congress, flopped and was followed through the following introduction of the Poison-Free Poultry Act 2011. Did the second try do better? No, the legislature again said toxic to low-poison poultry. In 2013, a coalition of nine organizations came together and sued the FDA. By December 31, 2015, all poultry medicinal products containing arsenic had been withdrawn. From 2016, arsenic can no longer be fed to chickens. The bad news is that without giving the birds the arsenic-containing drug roxarson, chicken to lose some of its “appealing pink color”.

In the end, the poultry industry got away with it expose the American public on arsenic for 72 years. “It should be noted that the European Union has never approved medicinal products containing arsenic for animal consumption”. First: Hmm, do you feed our animals arsenic? No thanks, no thanks, no grazie, non, merci.

Europe has long banned the “urgent threat to human health”. posed by feeding farm animals millions of pounds of human antibiotics. As you can see in mine at 5:30 Video, feeding Chickens en masse literally tons of drugs like tetracyclines and penicillins to help them fatten them up faster is a problem that gets worse than better every year, dating back to 1951 when drug companies whipped out the ALL CAPS in ads. promising “PROFITS … many times higher!”, a dangerous practice that the poultry industry has got away with for 68 years … and that counts.

If you don’t eat poultry and you’re feeling a little cocky, then before you get too excited, check out my 12 video series on arsenic in rice:

Do you think adding arsenic to chickens is strange? Check out Illegal drugs in chicken feathers.

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In health,

Michael Greger, MD

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