I thought it was bad enough when MNN’s family blogger Jenn Savedge reported that some fresh turkey was found to contain BPA. But today, I discovered that turkey can also be contaminated with arsenic, according to eco-health nonprofit Environmental Working Group.

How? Well, it all has to do with crowded factory farming practices that can easily make chicken and turkeys sick. As health- and eco-conscious foodies already know, chickens and turkeys are often fed antibiotics to keep them “healthy.” One popular antibiotic, sold in a brand of poultry feed called Roxarsone, contains arsenic.

Why is this poisonous practice still allowed? Well it’s not — at least not in the European Union. In the U.S., we still need to fight for a ban. In the meantime, we have to rely on poultry producers voluntarily choosing to avoid this practice. Writes Lisa Frack for Environmental Working Group’s Enviroblog:

Some poultry producers say they have voluntarily stopped using the arsenic, but subsequent tests and oddly high sales volumes of the arsenic-containing feed (Roxarsone) suggest that may not be the case. (Shocking, we know.)
Luckily, avoiding arsenic-fed turkeys shouldn’t be too difficult for most people. Simply opt for organic, or at the very least, antibiotic-free turkeys. According to the L.A. Times, fresh organic turkeys are all the rage this season — so hopefully fewer people will be ingesting arsenic on Nov. 25.

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