Red meat alert

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The recent announcement by the World Health Organisation that processed meat is carcinogenic to humans, ranking it alongside the most cancer-causing substances in the world, adds further weight to Animal Aid’s call for such products to be treated in the same way as tobacco.

Numerous studies by prestigious medical organisations have already linked processed red meat to an increased risk of bowel cancer, which has the second-highest death toll for any form of cancer in the UK.

Animal Aid has called for processed red meat products to carry health warnings and for children and hospital patients to be protected from their carcinogenic properties.

As a minimum, consumers should be made aware of the risks they face by eating processed red meat.

Ben Martin,

Animal Aid.