‘Politicization’ of new WHO meat findings causes Texans to see red

The new World Health Organization study categorizing processed meat as a “Group 1” carcinogen along with tobacco and asbestos,  and sounding alarms on red meat, has got Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller and other beef industry insiders predictably seeing red, calling this disparagement of a major Texas export “politicized science.”

Miller’s comment refers to a newly-released study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s cancer agency, in which processed meat is classified as “carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.”

The study, based on a working group of 22 experts from ten countries, also terms “the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect.”

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