KELSEY GEE and SHIRLEY S. WANG
Red and processed meats have the potential to cause cancer in humans, according to a report by a World Health Organization agency that is drawing ire from meat industry groups that argue the science is inadequate.
The determination, published by a panel of researchers for the International Agency for Research on Cancer in a medical journal Monday, classifies processed meat products like salami and bacon carcinogenic to humans, the strongest level of risk for cancer, and a category shared with tobacco smoke and diesel engine exhaust.
Fresh meats like steaks and roasts are considered probably cancer-causing, a level of risk shared with the widely used herbicide glyphosate.
The IARC, considered an authority in evaluating evidence on cancer causation cited studies that conclude there is strong evidence to support a link between eating too much meat and the onset of colorectal cancer, the third-most common type world-wide.
“The link to cancer is supported by increasingly compelling research,” wrote Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University who wasn’t involved in the IARC report, in an email. “There seem to be many reasons to eat less beef, climate change among them, but cancer is a more personal worry.”
The results by the 22-person panel, which consisted of scientists from 10 nations, already have drawn criticism from meat and food industry groups that have braced for such decisions for years, in part by funding research on the benefits of eating meat.
The meat industry has battled international and U.S. health authorities on the place of meat in a balanced diet for decades.
Natural News readers learned about processed meat causing cancer TEN YEARS AGO… mainstream media just figured it out this week
Natural News readers knew a decade ago what the mainstream media is finally reporting only this week. Processed meat causes cancer, we’re now being told. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified processed meat as being just as dangerous to your health as tobacco smoke.
Some of the processed meat products that contain cancer causing sodium nitrite
• Beef jerky
• Deli slices
• Hot dogs
• Sandwich meat (including those served at restaurants)
• Meat “gift” products like Christmas sausages
• Meat used in canned soups
• Meat used in frozen pizza
• Meat used in kid’s lunch products
• Meat used in ravioli, spaghetti or Italian pasta products