If you like your chickens plump, cheap and plentiful, perhaps you don’t mind that they’re served up with a side order of chemicals. Wait, make that a main dish. The Washington Post has a story today, “At chicken plants, chemicals blamed for health ailments are poised to proliferate,” that might just make you choke on dinner tonight.
For those thinking the government watches this stuff like a hawk and wouldn’t let producers use anything toxic, here’s a key graph that might just spoil your appetite.
The USDA has not conducted research into possible health risks that chemical treatments could pose for consumers of the poultry products but instead says it relies on the chemical review and approval process of the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA, for its part, does not conduct its own research but examines data provided by the chemical manufacturers.