A World Health Organization (WHO) agency will issue a warning Monday linking bacon and other processed meats to a cancer risk as high as that posed by cigarettes.
According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, Americans spent more than $2.5 billion on hot dogs in U.S. grocery stores in 2014.
So it’s not surprising that news of the new report has sparked criticism from industries that could be affected by its conclusions.
Even before the report has been released, a spokesperson for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said there’s no scientific data to show a causal link between cancer and meat.
‘If this is actually IARC’s decision it simply cannot be applied to people’s health because it considers just one piece of the health puzzle: theoretical hazards,’ said Barry Carpenter, the president of the North American Meat Institute.
The expected announcement includes data gathered from studies on processed meats containing cancer-causing substances, and the risks this type of meat poses due to ‘the potentially cancerous preservation methods it undergoes.’ IARC is said to particularly put processed meat at the top of the carcinogenic risk list, with red meat following in second place.
Types of meat expected to get a thumbs down
Examples of processed meat expected to receive a ‘thumbs down’ from the agency include:
- Hot dogs
- Some types of sausage
According to some reports, burgers are also expected to be on the list.