UK Industry Counters Cancer Scare Reports

UK - The British meat industry has hit back at fresh reports that have linked eating red meat and processed meats to cancer.
calendar icon 18 August 2009
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The latest reports, based on previously published surveys, warned that eating processed meats, such as ham and salami, could raise the risk of bowel cancer.

And the campaign groups targeted children's lunch boxes and warned parents about giving children processed meats.

However, the British Pig Executive and the English Beef and Lamb Executive have said that the latest reports are based on old research that has already been countered.

"This is the same recycled report they have been re-issuing for the last 18 months. There is nothing new in it whatsoever," BPEX said.

"No single food is going to make a massive difference to somebody's chances of developing cancer.

"The FSA has said: 'Processed meats, such as ham and salami, can form part of a balanced diet and parents should not be concerned about including these in their children's lunchboxes now and again.'"

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