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Diet rumors in 2012 (V): Should women and children eat less chicken wings? (2)

(People's Daily Online)

08:28, December 26, 2012

The truth is:

The rumor repeatedly mentioned hormones and antibiotics. Do chickens need to be injected hormones?

In fact, meat chickens are heavy enough to be sold after living about 40 days, which is not the result of hormones, but breeding.

The white-feathered broiler chickens introduced from abroad can grow fast, so they certainly taste different with traditional domesticated chickens. It does not involve the food safety issues. The hormones are not necessary because the white-feathered broiler chicks grow fast.

Moreover, the hormones will have side effects on the cardiovascular and liver functions of chickens and are likely to cause death.

As for antibiotics, the Ministry of Agriculture of China has strict provisions on the use of veterinary drugs in poultry farming but a few illegal practitioners may not use the veterinary drugs in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Agriculture, leading to residue of antibiotics. The abuses of antibiotics can only be solved by investigation and control departments.

In addition, the antibiotics are not cheap and the excessive use of them will not necessarily make more money for bosses of chicken farms.

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