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Group Of Over 12,000 Doctors Asks For Cancer Warning On Processed Meat

by | March 14, 2020

A non-profit health organization — made up of more than 12,000 doctors — is going to court to ask that a cancer warning be added to processed meat in California.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has highlighted that a bill in the state — known as Proposition 65 — requires that carcinogenic products carry a warning label.

“Violating The Law”

“California has been violating the law for nearly five years by failing to add processed meat to the Proposition 65 list,” said Mark Kennedy, a lawyer representing the PCRM.

The organization will present its case in court next week.

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The PCRM wants processed meat to come with a cancer warning label (Sergey Ryzhov/Shutterstock.com)

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Processed Meat Cancer Risk

Processed meat was classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015.

The decision to classify processed meat in this way was based on the evidence of more than 400 studies. Research suggests that every year as many as 34,000 cancer fatalities could be linked to a high consumption of processed meat.

Do you think meat should carry a cancer warning label? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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