Arsenic poisoning, also known as arsenicosis, occurs when people ingest, absorb or inhale dangerous levels of arsenic. This condition can cause many health issues, including gastrointestinal problems like vomiting, blood and circulation disturbances, improper nervous system function, liver disease, diabetes, cancer development, and eventually it can lead to death.
Where is Arsenic Present?
Arsenic is a natural compound that is a common occurrence in the environment. However, you can also find arsenic in some artificial, man-made products. Regarding the environment, this chemical is present in significantly low amounts in the air, in the water, and in the food.
Furthermore, concerning man-made products, arsenic has been used in pressure-treated lumber as a preservative, in pesticides, in animal hides as a preservative, in lead-acid batteries as a complement to lead and copper, and in some glass products.
Arsenic Poisoning Symptoms
Arsenic is odorless and tasteless, thus people cannot notice its presence easily. However, if people ingest arsenic orally, they will experience the following arsenic poisoning symptoms within 30 minutes:
Arsenic in Chicken Meat
The Food and Drug Administration has finally confirmed that this hazardous toxin is present in the chicken meat. It seems that the presence of arsenic in the chicken meat is due to the fact that the chicken feed contains this chemical. At the end, this cancer-causing poison enters into our bodies.
It was first explained that the chicken excretes arsenic through faces. But, now, there is no doubt that it is also present in the chicken meat. Therefore, the producer of the poultry food Roxarsone was obliged to pull off the product from the market.
The company named Alpharma LLC, that produces Roxarsone, is a subsidiary company of Pfizer, which adds chemical adjuvants in children’s vaccines. Consequently, the FDA also banned the production of this drug.
But, regardless the fact that FDA banned the production of this arsenic-containing product, it now claims that the level of arsenic in chicken meat is so low that it cannot do any harm. And, it was the FDA that confirmed that arsenic is cancer-causing, so this is kind of contradictory.
Therefore, if you still want to buy and eat chicken meat, make sure:
- you check the expiration date;
- the chicken fat isn’t gray, pink, and pasty, but white – deep yellow;
- you choose licensed organic products.