WHO Recommends Moderate Consumption Of Processed Meat To Reduce Cancer Risk

Posted: Oct 30 2015, 11:03am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 30 2015, 9:42pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

WHO Recommends Moderate Consumption of Processed Meat to Reduce Cancer Risk
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  • WHO Releases Statement for Clarification of IARC Status of the Carcinogenicity of Processed Meat.

WHO clears the insecurities of the people who have been unnerved by the latest report about processed meat issued by IARC.

IARC was established 50 years ago through a resolution of the World Health Assembly as a functionally independent cancer agency under the auspices of WHO. Its programme of work is approved and financed by its participating states.

Recently IARC was involved in a worldwide research collecting data from over 25 states. The research goal was to identify carcinogenic material used in daily lives. The identification was a step towards controlling and prevention of these materials in access.

IARC identified processed meat like sausages, bacon, prosciutto etc. as A1 category carcinogenic. The processed meat was related to causing pancreatic and colorectal cancer. Red meat use was also identified as a potential cause of cancer. While the meat producing industry is repellent and antagonised towards the status that IARC has given their product, people are concerned.

"IARC’s review confirms the recommendation in WHO’s 2002 “Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases” report, which advised people to moderate consumption of preserved meat to reduce the risk of cancer," states WHO in statement.

"The latest IARC review does not ask people to stop eating processed meats but indicates that reducing consumption of these products can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer."

Meat is a major part of people’s everyday diet. Over the years, processed meat has become excessively available and used. Some people consume one form of meat, processed or fresh in all their meals almost every day. So while people are concerned and scared, WHO recently issued the statement to put the queries and confusion of people to ease.

In its statement, WHO authorities clarified that the identification of processed meat as a carcinogen was not meant to tell people to stop eating meat. WHO authorities said that the statement was to identify a carcinogenic. Furthermore, by identifying the meat, they have cautioned people to use the product in moderation. The stipulated amount of consumption per week should be taken care of in healthy intake of food.

WHO has a standing group of experts who regularly evaluate the links between diet and disease. Early next year they will meet to begin looking at the public health implications of the latest science and the place of processed meat and red meat within the context of an overall healthy diet.

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