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Doctors sue California over processed meat omission from state carcinogen list

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a lawsuit against the State of California on March 11 for failing to include cancer-causing processed meat—such as hot dogs, bacon, and deli meat—on the state’s list of substances known to cause cancer, as required by Proposition 65.

Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

Despite the World Health Organisation declaring processed meat a class 1 carcinogen in 2015, California still hasn't added processed meat to the official list.

The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.


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