My thanks to the blog Veggie Karma for posting the latest on the debate about whether processed meats are harmful. Well, ok, it's not really a debate. But when the Center for Consumer Freedom gets involved, everyone has to spend time defending themselves.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine published a letter after Tony Snow, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, died of colon cancer recently. In it a rep for PCRM cited a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund that found that no amount of processed meat was safe to eat.
The CCF and the meat industry, of course, begged to differ. Now, though, as Veggie Karma has written, the AICR has issued a statement defending its report and criticizing the American Meat Institute.
Here is some of what the AICR says:
The expert panel did not issue a recommendation unless the epidemiological data was clear, consistent and supported by strong laboratory evidence.
Among the panel’s recommendations: limit consumption of red meat to 18 ounces (cooked) per week. But according to the report: “The evidence on processed meat is even more clear-cut than that on red meat, and the data do not show any level of intake that can confidently be shown not to be associated with risk.”
AICR now recommends avoiding hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham, cold cuts and other processed meats.