The World Health Organization announced that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — cause cancer placing them in the same category as tobacco smoking and asbestos. Legally, this may mean that new rules will be passed requiring special warning labels to consumers.
In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are “probably carcinogenic” to people.
A group of 22 scientists reviewed the evidence linking red meat and processed meat consumption to cancer, and concluded that eating processed meats regularly increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Their evidence review is explained in an article published in The Lancet.
The article says high-temperature cooking methods (such as cooking meat in direct contact with a flame) produce more carcinogenic compounds.
Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers