Will the WHO meat study change the way you shop?

CBC Saskatchewan went to the parking lot of a local supermarket in Saskatoon to see what shoppers had to say about the findings. The reaction is mixed.

WHO finds cancer danger in red and processed meat

A new study suggests eating red meat and processed meat increase the risk of certain cancers. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)


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There's some alarming news for the meat lover in your life, but will it change our shopping habits?

The World Health Organization has just released a study placing processed meat, like sausage and bacon, on the top list of human carcinogens.

The paper went on to say that a diet high in red meat has been linked to colon and pancreatic cancer.

Reaction from local grocery shoppers 

CBC Saskatchewan went to the parking lot of the Lawson Heights Shopping Centre to see what shoppers had to say about the findings. The reaction is mixed.

Rachel Dyck said she's already cut back on red meat in her home.

"We usually eat chicken anyway, so we probably still won't purchase it. I don't feed my daughter hot dogs anyway, I kind of expect that stuff, like, and it's processed right?"

Others we spoke with said they won't be frightened away from the grill by the study.

Erwin Patkau used to be a rancher, and said he will not stop eating beef.

"Can't let good red meat go down the tube because maybe it'll cause cancer. A lot of other things cause cancer too."

"What doesn't cause cancer?" Della Greer said. "You have to use common sense."

But Layne Ardell says not all bacon is created equal. He is a chef at Prairie Meats.

"Take a competitor's bacon that's full of water. You can see when you go to the grocery store and buy that bacon that has a ton of pumped fluid into it, it's very, very wet-looking versus our product where you see dry bacon kay," Ardell said. "So there's a much higher protein content for the amount of weight."

The report's authors say 50 grams of processed meat a day increases the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 per cent. 


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