Organic Chicken Free of Arsenic

Posted by Merlin on Jan 21, 2008

High Levels Of Arsenic In Chicken May Lower Consumption

Study in Environmental Health Perspectives Reveals Young Chickens Have Highest Level of Arsenic

Chicken consumption may contribute significant amounts of arsenic to total arsenic exposure of the U.S. population, according to a study published today in the January issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Arsenic is an approved animal feed supplement that farmers use to control intestinal parasites in chickens. The study indicates that at mean levels of chicken consumption, people may ingest 3.6-5.2 µg/day of inorganic arsenic from chicken alone.

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives tolerable daily intake of 2 µg/kg/day of inorganic arsenic.

As per USDA regulations, arsenic is not an approved animal feed supplement to control intestinal parasites in chickens if they are to be labeled organic.