FDA finally admits chicken meat contains cancer-causing arsenic
After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!
You’ll Be Surprised What Counts as Processed (and Red) Meat
Research on Cancer (IARC), a research division of the World Health Organization, announced that it is classifying processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogen to humans — a group that also includes smoking tobacco and asbestos exposure.
The IARC also labeled red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” meaning it is likely to cause cancer as well.
Red meats are more than just beef
The IARC says the term applies to “all mammalian muscle meat” and specifically calls out the following:
But processed meats are a little trickier to nail down
In a press release, the IARC defines processed meats as “meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation.”
Most processed meats contain pork or beef, the IARC says, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal (an animal’s organs or entrails), or meat by-products.
The organization specifically lists these as examples of processed meats:
- hot dogs
- corned beef
- beef jerky
- canned meat
- meat-based preparations and sauces
While the “processed” definition is clear for meats like bacon and sausage, it’s less so for other forms of meat that undergo some form of processing.
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“Most chicken nuggets fall into this category, as they are highly processed,” Alissa Rumsey, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells Yahoo Health.
Some — but not all — lunchmeat is also considered “processed.” Per Rumsey, it includes:
- (as well as the ham and corned beef listed by the IARC)