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The WHO's cancer-causing meat report slammed

The WHO has published a report that says certain meats increases the chance of developing Colorectal Cancer.

FILE. The WHO also says red meats are also ‘probably carcinogenic’ but there's limited evidence - and it has stressed that meat also has health benefits. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - Meat producers and some health experts have hit back at claims that processed meats such as bacon, sausages, ham and viennas do cause cancer.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) published a new report with these claims on Monday.

Experts warn that eating just 50 grams of processed meat a day, which is less than two slices of bacon, increases the chance of developing Colorectal Cancer by 18 percent.

The WHO also says red meats are also 'probably carcinogenic' but there's limited evidence - and it has stressed that meat also has health benefits.

Doctor and dietician of the United States National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)'s Shalene McNeill says, "We've taken a look at these 800 studies and what we see is that we have a weak association that's weakening over time, but half of the time these studies don't even find an association. First of all, I am a registered dietician and scientist and I'm a mom; I am feeding process meats to my children all the time."