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Cancer warning labels sought for processed meat and poultry

Staff Writer |
A petition filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest asks the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to begin requiring colorectal cancer warning labels on certain meat and poultry products.

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The petition claims “scientific research has led to the conclusion that processed meat and poultry increases the risk of colorectal cancer.” The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), said CSPI has earned the nickname “the food police” for such “scare tactics.”

Barry Carpenter, NAMI’s president and CEO, said in a news release that the international body that found processed meat “carcinogenic to humans” did so on the basis of voting, which wasn’t unanimous and was not sound science, Food Safety News reports.

That body, the World Health Organization unit known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), opted to put processed meat on its cancer list on in October 2015.

The organization gets a lot of criticism for its methods, including not making any distinction about quantities.

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