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Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

The World Health Organization announced yesterday that processed meats like hot dogs, sausages, ham and bacon cause cancer and it classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

You probably have many questions, everything from what kind of meat to what kind of cancer it causes to how much is safe to eat.

NPR, with the help of scientific experts, tries to answer your questions here:

“What kind of meat are we talking about here?

The IARC defines processed meat as any meat that’s been “transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation.” So that means not just beef or pork but also processed poultry or liver.

Red meat is beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton and goat (and horse, if you happen to fancy it).” Read more.

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