05 Apr '12, 6pm

Was your chicken fed caffeine, arsenic, Prozac or banned antibiotics?

Was your chicken fed caffeine, arsenic, Prozac or banned antibiotics?

What's in that chicken you're about to eat? Two new studies conducted by scientists at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health and at Arizona State University found that chickens and turkeys from factory farms may be dosed up with caffeine, Benadryl, arsenic and several antibiotics that have been banned from use in poultry since 2005. The levels of these substances aren't "an immediate health concern," co-author Keeve E. Nachman of Johns Hopkins told the New York Times . "But it makes me question how comfortable we are feeding a number of these things to animals that we're eating." He said that he and his fellow scientists were "floored" by what they found. The studies, published in the journals Environmental Science & Technology and Science of the Total Environment , didn't study chicken meat but instead examined feather meal, which is a by-product of poultry pro...

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