US: Safety of chicken meat
Posted: April 18th, 2012 - 12:35pm
Source: New York Times
Mike Brown, President, National Chicken Council, writes regarding “Arsenic in Our Chicken?,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 5):
Chickens in the United States produced for meat are not given arsenic as an additive in chicken feed or any of the compounds or banned antibiotics claimed in the column.
The two studies that Mr. Kristof cites emanate from the John Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, an organization that helped promote the Meatless Monday campaign.
Mr. Kristof doesn’t mention that arsenic occurs naturally and is widely present in both soil and water. It is found in many foods we eat and the water we drink.
The study’s own authors say “there’s no evidence that such low levels of arsenic harm either chickens or the people eating them.” These studies tested feathers, not meat. Consumers should know that the Agriculture Department tests all chicken meat for chemicals and antibiotic residues and inspects all chicken meat for wholesomeness before it enters the marketplace.
When eating his next chicken sandwich, organic or not, Mr. Kristof can be confident that he’s not eating harmful arsenic, banned antibiotics or Tylenol.