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EPA Dioxin Limit has National Chicken Council Worried

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
January 10, 2012
File under: Dairy, Health Concerns, Meat, Poultry

Chicken products could be declared “unfit for consumption.”

Dioxin, the industrial pollutant of Agent Orange infamy, has been called “the most toxic compound synthesized by man.”

Not only is dioxin considered a known human carcinogen, adverse health effects may include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endometriosis, early menopause, reduced testosterone and thyroid hormones, altered metabolism and immune responses, and skin, tooth, and nail abnormalities.

Exposure to dioxin during pregnancy can result in altered thyroid, brain, immune system, and reproductive organ development.

The Environmental Protection Agency start testing Americans’ tissues for dioxin levels back in 1982 and after three decades of delay is now releasing new guidelines that would set limits on the safe exposure of U.S. consumers to this class of toxic chemicals.

In response, the National Chicken Council, American Meat Institute, and other industry groups complained to the White House that their products “could arbitrarily be classified as unfit for consumption.”

But the classification wouldn’t be arbitrary at all; it would be based on the level of dioxin contamination in the food. …read more of EPA Dioxin Limit has National Chicken Council Worried here

 
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Talking Turkey: 9 of 10 Turkey Samples Contaminated with Fecal Bacteria

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 21, 2011
File under: Agriculture, Health Concerns, Poultry

Ben Franklin’s tree-perching “Bird of Courage” has been transformed into a flightless butterball so top-heavy these birds are physically incapable of mating (necessitating artificial insemination).

Turkeys are bred to grow so fast, a group of veterinary researchers concluded, “they are on the verge of structural collapse.”

Wild turkeys grow to be 8 pounds; turkeys raised for meat are more like 28 pounds. Their skeletons cannot adequately support such weight, leading to degenerative hip disease, spontaneous fractures, and up to 20 percent mortality due to lameness in problem flocks.  …read more of Talking Turkey: 9 of 10 Turkey Samples Contaminated with Fecal Bacteria here

 
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