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Nitrites used in the meat industry have long been a source of debate. Experts warn of impending health risks that they bring despite their anti-aggressiveness with anti-inflammatory and pleasant color properties.
The reputation of the meat industry will reach an all-time low if no cancer-causing chemicals are removed from processed products such as bacon and ham, a number of experts and politicians have warned. [1
The group led by Professor Chris Elliott stated that they had come to a "consensus of scientific opinion" that would cure the nitrites produce meat carcinogens that are labeled as nitrosamines when ingested and point out that the consumption of processed meats such as sausage, ham or bacon containing these chemicals causes 6,000 colorectal cancer cases in the UK each year , more than quadruple the nu more of road deaths in the country. The group has launched a campaign that aims to take the issue as seriously as the levels of sugar in food.
"Measures by the government to remove nitrites from processed meat should not be far away," one of the group's scientists, cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra added, adding that if no measures are taken for this purpose, the meat industry will be "sentenced to a similar reputation as the one involved in tobacco".
Not just doctors and scientists who have enrolled in the electoral coalition, but also quite a few politicians, namely Labor Vice-President Tom Watson; former Shadow Secretaries Mary Creagh and Kerry McCarthy; the Tory chairman of the bipartisan faction of the Parliament for Nutrition and Health, David Amess and others.
The coalition warned in a statement that insufficient action would be taken to raise awareness about nitrites in processed meats and related health risks, "in sharp contrast to warnings issued on a regular basis regarding sugar and fattening flour become."
The coalition says the meat industry claims that nitrites, which give the ham its attractive pink color, are crucial for eradicating botulism and other infections, while Malhotra added The makers of the iconic Parma ham have not used nitrites for 25 years and other manufacturers are also motivated to sell the harmful chemicals.
This is not the first time that these concerns have been voiced.
The World Health Organization issued a similar warning was released as early as 2015, when hard evidence was released in which processed meat products containing nitrites and nitrosamines were associated with 34,000 cases of colorectal cancer across the world.
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This year, at least two studies have provoked concern: one from researchers at Glasgow University who have published their findings that women, which reduce their consumption of processed meat, are less susceptible to breast cancer, while a study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicated a direct link between nitrites and the onset of mental health problems.