The reputation of the meat industry will sink to that of big tobacco unless it removes cancer-causing chemicals from processed products such as bacon and ham, a coalition of experts and politicians warn today.
“Government action to remove nitrites from processed meats should not be far away,” Malhotra said.
“Nor can a day of reckoning for those who dispute the incontrovertible facts.
The meat industry must act fast, act now – or be condemned to a similar reputational blow to that dealt to tobacco.”.
Data from 262,195 British women suggested reduced consumption of processed meat could lower the risk of breast cancer.
The coalition says the meat industry claims nitrites are essential to combat botulism and infection.
Ocado also sells nitrite-free streaky bacon fromNorthamptonshire-based Houghton Hams and a nitrite-free prosciutto from Unearthed. »