Big Poultry’s Dirty Little Secret

Thanks to the public outcry over pink slime, it’s been a devastating month for the beef industry. But it’s obvious that the cattlemen aren’t the only people with something to hide. New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof reports:

…a pair of new scientific studies [suggest] that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic.

And that’s just the beginning. Factory farmers worldwide have apparently recognized that today’s chickens are stressed to the point that it adversely affects meat quality, so they’ve been giving the birds anything that could combat anxiety—anything, that is, apart from more spacious conditions. Chicken from China is even turning up containing Fluoxetine (Prozac).

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