Dangerous carcinogen found in fast-food chicken
In a recent laboratory study, samples of grilled
chicken from seven leading US restaurant chains tested positive for a dangerous
carcinogenic compound called PhIP.
PCRM commissioned an independent laboratory to test grilled chicken
products from California outlets of all seven chains. PhIP was found in every
grilled chicken sample from each restaurant where samples were collected.
PhIP is one of a group of carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines
(HCAs) that are found in grilled meat. In 2005, the federal government
officially added HCAs to its list of carcinogens, and PhIP has been on the
California governor's list of chemicals known to cause cancer for more than a
â€œGrilled chicken can cause cancer, and consumers deserve to know that this
supposedly healthy product is actuallyâ€¦bad for them,â€ says PCRM president Neal
Barnard. â€œEven a grilled chicken salad increases the risk of breast cancer,
prostate cancer, and other forms of this lethal disease.â€
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