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Published February 24, 2010, 04:30 PM

Groups seek labeling changes for injected chickens

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Barbara Boxer says many poultry consumers are getting an unhealthy dose of sodium with their bird these days, the result of injections of salt-water during processing that are designed to give the chicken more flavor.

By: Associated Press,

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Barbara Boxer says many poultry consumers are getting an unhealthy dose of sodium with their bird these days, the result of injections of salt-water during processing that are designed to give the chicken more flavor.

The Democratic lawmaker joined with California chicken growers and consumer advocates Wednesday in calling on the Agriculture Department to shed more light on the injections, known as plumping or enhancing. They want to prevent processors from labeling such birds as “100 percent all natural.”

Boxer says the injections cheat unaware consumers on two fronts: their health and their pocketbooks. They take in more sodium than what health experts recommend and they pay for it because the injections add weight to the product.

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