15 September 1997
NFU warns of "heartache" over red-meat cancer-link study
THE National Farmers Union said a study linking high red meat consumption with cancer would cause “heartache” among livestock producers.
The Committee of Medical Aspects of Food Policy is expected to warn ministers later this month that people should limit their consumption of cooked red meat to a maximum of 140g (5oz) a day to avoid increased risk of cancer. But 140g is well above what the average UK citizen eats on a daily basis – with the average consumer eating 75g daily, according to statistics.
Its working group on diet and cancer is believed to have found a link between high red-meat consumption and a higher incidence of bowel and stomach cancer.
A World Cancer Research Fund study is believed to have reached similar conclusions.
It will be another blow to an industry still struggling to recover from the impact of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
- Financial Times 15/09/97 page 1
- The Independent 15/09/97 page 3