Study Author Admits False Link Between Meat and Cancer


A much-publicized meat study that was released two years ago was flawed, the author of the report now admits. The epidemiological study, which declared there was “convincing” evidence linking the consumption of red meat with cancer, specifically colorectal cancer, was flawed, and the author of the report who has promised to write a letter to the Agriculture Department saying so.

The study, an intense literature review of previous studies—“a  study of studies”—was conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute of Cancer Research and recommended that the consumption of red meat (beef, pork, lamb) and processed meats should be limited to 18 oz. per week due to the cancer link.

A review of the two groups’ research conducted by Exponent Health Sciences at the request of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association using checkoff funds revealed “no conclusive evidence” of a link between red meat consumption and cancer.

Read the Feedstuffs article for more details.

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