Does the FDA Exist to Protect Corporate Profits or Consumer Health?

Factory Farm ChickensWhy doesn’t the FDA do something about corporations making a profit at the expense of consumer health?

For example, take another look at that piece of chicken you are about to eat after you read the linked article below, “FDA Admits Chicken Meat Contains Arsenic.”

Arsenic is commonly added to poultry feed for the FDA-approved purposes of inducing faster weight gain on less feed, and creating the perceived appearance of a healthy color in meat from chickens, turkeys and hogs.

“Yet new studies increasingly link these practices to serious human health problems. The lawsuit filed last week seeks to force the FDA to fulfill its mandate to better protect the public from arsenic.

“The 2009 petition presented abundant science to FDA that organic arsenic compounds—like those added to animal feed—are directly toxic to animals and humans, but also that they convert to cancer-causing, inorganic arsenic inside of chickens, in manure-treated soil and in humans.

“Additional testing since submission of the 2009 petition demonstrates even greater cause for public concern and therefore greater urgency meriting FDA’s prompt attention.

“FDA could easily and immediately fix the problem,” said Paige Tomaselli, senior staff attorney with CFS, “but instead puts its head in the sand. We can only conclude the FDA is catering to the companies that continue to sell products containing arsenic that ends up in our food supply.”

Again, another government agency protects a greedy, profit motivated industrial giant rather than the “people” it is supposed to represent and defend.

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