Wednesday, July 7, 2010
If you have backyard chickens, you may want to check the ingredients on the bag of feed you are giving them!
A Utah mother of 2 found that her children's arsenic levels were double the levels said to be toxic. High arsenic levels can cause skin, bladder, kidney, liver, and lung cancer as well as immune problems. She had their water and soil tested, both came back normal. They then decided to check the level of arsenic in their backyard chickens' eggs. When tested, the level in the eggs was high, but still deemed acceptable by the government. The levels acceptable by the government, were toxic to the children. Makes you think, huh?
So what is the culprit? An arsenic based feed additive called roxarsone. Roxarsone is combined with antibiotics to help with disease and to get bigger and better tasting chicken. The family changed to a feed that did not contain Roxarsone and the arsenic levels in the children dropped.
I know from now on I will be asking some questions about the feed I'm giving my girls.....Well, when I get my girls back.