Whether or not the new report linking processed meats to cancer will actually make you think twice about eating things like bacon, the alarming declaration by World Health Organization officials may soon have a lasting effect on how bacon and red meats are packaged in California.
Processed meats -- bacon, ham, and sausage, among others -- and red meat may someday come with a warning label in the Golden State, thanks to a report published Monday by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Agency for Research on Cancer that said such meats are carcinogenic to humans and could lead to stomach, colon, and other cancers. As reported by the Huffington Post, an environmental group called the Center for Biological Diversity claims the new WHO classification should trigger a California law that will require such warnings on meats sold in the state. Yikes.
“The World Health Organization has put these meats in the same category as cigarettes in terms of the death and danger they deliver,” said Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director at the organization, in a press release. “Now, California must follow suit with public health warnings on the label. And it’s no surprise: the science has been clear that these meats are bad for people, not to mention for wildlife and the planet.”