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Processed meat should carry a health warning

Published 08/03/2013

Researchers recently announced that processed red meat has been linked to early death. This comes as no surprise, as it has been long established that the high salt and saturated fat content of such products is linked to heart disease, stroke and obesity.

The connection to colon cancer was first scientifically established more than 20 years ago; further research since then has only added to the weight of evidence.

When will processed meat products carry health warnings in the same manner as other products that are hazardous to health, such as cigarettes?

It is highly appropriate that this news should come in March, given that March is National Veggie Month.

People wishing to give up meat can contact Animal Aid for free information on going veggie, either by calling 01732 364546, or by e-mailing info@animalaid.org.uk.

BEN MARTIN

Animal Aid

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