Ladies, don’t eat those chicken wings!

You’ll give your unborn son a permanent case of Chicken Dick.

This morning, PETA sent a letter to Drew Cerza, founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, with an ominous warning: The latest scientific evidence [the Study for Future Families] shows that the sons of pregnant women who consume chicken are more likely to have smaller penises because of a chemical found in the birds’ flesh. And it’s not just boys who are at risk from chicken. Babies, including girls, of mothers who have high cholesterol counts—and chicken is loaded with cholesterol—can be born with blocked arteries.

Only one problem.  I tracked down the referenced Study for Future Families and found this:


These folks are not exactly trumpeting their findings from the rooftops.

Tip from Drudge, who never has permalink.

Update (3 Sep 2013):  A little more web sleuthing turned up this citation:  Decrease in Anogenital Distance among Male Infants with Prenatal Phthalate Exposure(pp. 1056-1061)  Shanna H. Swan, Katharina M. Main, Fan Liu, Sara L. Stewart, Robin L. Kruse, Antonia M. Calafat, Catherine S. Mao, J. Bruce Redmon, Christine L. Ternand, Shannon Sullivan, J. Lynn Teague and The Study for Future Families Research Team, Environmental Health Perspectives 113(8), August 2005.  From the abstract we learn

The median concentrations of phthalate metabolites that are associated with short AGI and incomplete testicular descent are below those found in one-quarter of the female population of the United States, based on a nationwide sample. These data support the hypothesis that prenatal phthalate exposure at environmental levels can adversely affect male reproductive development in humans.

No mention of chicken wings.


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