Does “organic” chicken contain less arsenic?

Arsenic in Organic Chicken

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Does “organic” chicken fare any better?

Kristen / Originally posted in Dr. Oz, apple juice, and arsenic: chicken may have 10 times more

Answer:

Great question, Kristen! In a survey of arsenic levels in U.S. chicken, while nearly three-quarters of the breasts, thighs and livers from conventional producers carried detectable levels of arsenic, of certified organic or other “premium” chicken parts or whole chickens, just one-third had detectable arsenic. This suggests consumers who continue to eat chicken can lower their arsenic intake by choosing organic.

Unfortunately, arsenic-laced chicken manure can still be used to grow organic produce (and rice! See How Much Arsenic In Rice Came From Chickens?).

For more videos on chicken, see https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/chicken/ and for more on organic versus conventional in general, see https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/organic-foods/

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