Accurately Label the Risk of Some Meats to Cause Cancer - Call for Warning Labels

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I would like to call on the Australian government via the Department of Health and the FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) to recognise that some meats such as red meats and processed meats are classified by the World Health Organization as carcinogenic (cancer-causing) much as cigarettes, and I ask these bodies to facilitate the labeling of these meats and meat products as such so that people know the risk and can accurately take part in maintaining their health to the best of their ability. I would like to see these labels in supermarkets and butchers, et cetera.

From the Cancer Council NSW website: 

"There is now a clear body of evidence that bowel cancer is more common among those who eat the most red and processed meat. Processed meat consumption has also been strongly linked to a higher risk of stomach cancer.

The World Health Organization has classified processed meats – including ham, salami, bacon and frankfurts – as a Group 1 carcinogen which means that there is strong evidence that processed meats cause cancer. Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork has been classified as a ‘probable’ cause of cancer. These classifications do not indicate the risk of getting cancer, rather how certain we are that these things are likely to cause cancer."

I believe people have the right to know the danger of these products to their health, whether or not they have access to scientific journals or the Internet. These labels should be on the products and in the places where these products are sold.

If you would like to see this happen, please sign this petition and add your voice.

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