Poultry Farms Get Heat For Arsenic, Antibiotics, Antihistamines and Antidepressants

There’s more bad news on the meat production industry front! Recent studies conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future and Arizona State University found caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic in samples collected from U.S. poultry farms. Like human fingernails, feathers retain traces of chemicals and drugs the animal was exposed to or ingested making it easy for scientists to analyze.

Poultry Farm

Studies conducted revealed that in an effort to produce meatier chickens, poultry farmers are feeding the birds coffee pulp and green tea powder to keep them awake so they spend more time eating. To keep the chickens calm, they are subsequently fed the same antihistamine found in Benadryl and acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in Tylenol as chickens under stress tend to grow more slowly and produce tougher meat. Arsenic, which is used to prevent infections and makes the chicken flesh a more appetizing shade of pink, was also found in the samples, and if that’s not enough, feather-meal samples from China contained the same active ingredient and antidepressant found in Prozac.

While scientists have not yet confirmed an immediate health risk to humans, the allure of inexpensive chicken from the grocery is quickly depleting my appetite. Additionally, feeding livestock antibiotics increases the likelihood of developing antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” which kill more American’s annually than AIDS.

If there’s one thing Passanante’s feels strongly about it’s the necessity to provide safe, chemical and toxin free, delicious foods to our customers and their families. Save yourself the worrying and make the choice to rely on our organic food delivery service to provide you with the nutrition and peace of mind you deserve. Give Passanante’s Home Food Service a call to schedule an appointment and get on the road to a healthier lifestyle!

Advantages of Free Range Poultry

The grocery store presents shoppers with many decisions. Whether it’s a brand of mustard or the type of meat, consumers want to be in the know about exactly what they’re buying. Over the last few buying meats has become more confusing than ever. From kosher, to organic to free-range do you really know what you’re buying anymore?

If you’re purchasing chicken at the local grocery it’s important to do your homework. Many poultry producers feed small amounts of arsenic to birds to make them grow faster and produce meat that is pinker in color. The FDA’s research shows arsenic ingested by chickens does end up in the product on the grocery shelf which is later consumed by families across the US. This cancer-causing toxic chemical is fatal in high doses and is known to increase the risk of cancer in humans. Free range poultry is grown naturally with wholesome feed free of this toxic chemical, providing a more natural and safe alternative to mass produced poultry.

In addition to eating arsenic-laced food, the chickens are often exposed to incredibly filthy living conditions which can become a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria and illness. Research shows that nearly half of the mass produced poultry available in grocery stores may be contaminated with salmonella, listeria, E. coli and even traces of Staphylococcus aureus. Better known as Staph, this is a bacteria the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t regularly monitor in this US food source.

Luckily, a safer alternative exists in free-range poultry. If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of eating free-range poultry, give Passanante’s Home Food Service a call at 1-800-772-7786 to set up an appointment today!