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  1. #1
    Phil..c Guest

    Default Cured meat cancer warning war



    SARAH MUIRHEAD
    28/07/2009 9:28:00 AM
    ON behalf of three New Jersey consumers, the Physicians Committee for
    Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and its Cancer Project filed suit against
    five food companies for failing to warn consumers that hot dogs increase
    the danger of colorectal cancer.

    * Group seeks warning labels on hot dogs.

    * PCRM wants labels warning of colon cancer risk.

    * Suit based on questionable studies.

    * Meat group calls for dismissal of "nuisance" suit.

    The class-action consumer fraud lawsuit, filed July 22 in Superior Court
    in Essex County, N.J., seeks to compel Nathan's Famous, Kraft
    Foods/Oscar Mayer, Sara Lee, ConAgra Foods and Marathon Enterprises to
    place cancer risk warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey.

    The groups said the labels should read: "Warning: Consuming hot dogs and
    other processed meats increases the risk of cancer."

    PCRM is a pro-vegetarian, animal rights group whose membership is
    comprised of less than 5pc physicians.

    PCRM filed the suit on behalf of three consumers who purchased the
    companies' hot dogs without being made aware that processed meat
    products are a cause of colorectal cancer.

    "Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon
    cancer," said Dr Neal Barnard, president of the Cancer Project.

    "Companies that sell hot dogs are well aware of the danger, and their
    customers deserve the same information."

    PCRM is building its case of a link between cured meats and cancer on
    what it calls "landmark scientific studies".

    However, those studies have been highly criticized for their faulty
    research design.

    In fact, a number of cancer researchers and scientists have come out
    against an American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer
    Research Fund (WCRF) study that associated consumption of beef, pork and
    other red meats and processed meats with cancer.

    Scientists with the International Agency for Research on Cancer have
    challenged the AICR-WCRF conclusions, charging that the two groups
    should have been "more cautious and less definitive" in focusing on
    individual foods as opposed to dietary patterns and tobacco use.

    The AICR-WCRF report was a follow-up to a 1997 report and was based on
    an epidemiological study, or literature review, of cancer studies.

    A subsequent study by Exponent Health Sciences found no such cancer/meat
    connection.

    Nevertheless, the AICR-WCRF report has become the foundation of the
    Cancer Project, a long-running campaign of PCRM, in which PCRM has
    petitioned the US Department of Agriculture to ban processed meats from
    the National School Lunch program.

    That effort included a television commercial depicting children in a
    school setting who are talking about having colon cancer caused by
    eating the hot dogs served in their school cafeteria.

    While PCRM has referenced nitrates and nitrites found in cured meats as
    carcinogenic, the US National Toxicology Program, following a multi-year
    study, came to the opposite conclusion.

    Interestingly, more than 90pc of a person's nitrite intake comes from
    her or his own saliva and from vegetables, which have health benefits,
    according to Dr Nathan Bryan of the University of Texas.

    For the past 10 years, Bryan, a medical researcher at the university's
    Houston Health Sciences Center, has been working to determine the
    importance of dietary nitrite and nitrate consumption as a means to
    prevent and treat cardiovascular and other diseases associated with
    nitric oxide insufficiency in the diet.

    "Nitric oxide is an important signaling molecule in the human body to
    regulate numerous physiological functions, including blood flow to
    tissues and organs. The conversion of nitrite and nitrate to nitric
    oxide in human tissues is obviously an important finding," he said.

    Bryan told Feedstuffs that the regular intake of nitrite-containing
    foods appears to ensure that blood and tissue levels of nitrite and
    nitric oxide pools in the body are maintained at adequate levels.

    Even low levels of supplemental nitrite, he said, have been shown to
    enhance blood flow.

    Dietary sources of nitric oxide metabolites could, therefore, improve
    circulation and oxygen delivery, he noted.

    Additionally, Bryan said, the dietary inclusion of nitrites and nitrates
    appears to provide a rescue or protective pathway for people at risk for
    cardiovascular disease.

    Compared with leafy green vegetables, cured meats have considerably
    lower concentrations of nitrites and nitrates, according to Bryan, but
    both can and should be part of a balanced diet.

    Suit dismissal

    Meanwhile, the American Meat Institute (AMI) is urging the dismissal of
    PCRM's "nuisance" lawsuit.

    "We hope the court will move quickly to review the science affirming the
    safety of hot dogs and processed meats and dismiss this lawsuit,
    recognising it for the nuisance that it is," said AMI president J.
    Patrick Boyle.

    "Meat products are regulated and inspected by USDA and bear the federal
    government's seal of inspection, showing that they are wholesome and
    nutritious.

    "While PCRM argues for warning labels on our safe products, the labels
    would be more appropriately placed on PCRM's web sites and press
    releases to alert consumers to their true agenda."

    Boyle said US dietary guidelines affirm that processed meat and poultry
    products - including hot dogs - can be a healthy part of a balanced diet.

    PCRM has been widely criticized for its alarmist campaign against hot
    dogs and processed meats.

    Dr Ron Kleinman, a leading medical expert on childhood nutrition at
    Massachusetts General Hospital and former chair of the American Academy
    of Pediatrics, has called PCRM's ad featuring child actors claiming that
    they have cancer from processed meats "outrageous," and he chastised the
    group for exploiting children to achieve its political agenda.



    Feedstuffs, USA
    Source: http://www.feedstuffs.com

  2. #2
    RegForte Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    Phil..c wrote:

    >
    >
    > SARAH MUIRHEAD
    > 28/07/2009 9:28:00 AM
    > ON behalf of three New Jersey consumers, the Physicians Committee for
    > Responsible Medicine



    PCRM is a vegan front group. Their name contains the word "Physicians"
    in an attempt to give their claims false authority.

    In truth, they don't want anyone eating meat of any kind.

  3. #3
    Phil..c Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    RegForte wrote:
    > Phil..c wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> SARAH MUIRHEAD
    >> 28/07/2009 9:28:00 AM
    >> ON behalf of three New Jersey consumers, the Physicians Committee for
    >> Responsible Medicine

    >
    >
    > PCRM is a vegan front group. Their name contains the word "Physicians"
    > in an attempt to give their claims false authority.
    >
    > In truth, they don't want anyone eating meat of any kind.


    Thanks for that Oz Press is possibly unaware and just ran it
    in the Rural press obviously off one of the wires .

    I know I was unaware of that until you kindly alerted me .
    Thanks will check it out and pass up the line

    Cheers

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    On Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:11:49 -0700, RegForte wrote:

    > Phil..c wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> SARAH MUIRHEAD
    >> 28/07/2009 9:28:00 AM
    >> ON behalf of three New Jersey consumers, the Physicians Committee for
    >> Responsible Medicine

    >
    > PCRM is a vegan front group. Their name contains the word "Physicians"
    > in an attempt to give their claims false authority.
    >
    > In truth, they don't want anyone eating meat of any kind.


    But... but... aren't there nitrates in vegetables, too? Lets put
    warning labels on those, too. Or better yet, ban them completely.

    -sw

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    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    Sqwertz wrote:

    > But... but... aren't there nitrates in vegetables, too? Lets put
    > warning labels on those, too. Or better yet, ban them completely.


    Let's ban assholes. There should be much less traffic
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano




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    The Other Guy Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:00:07 GMT, "ViLco" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Let's ban assholes. There should be much less traffic


    OK, join him..

    plonk




    To reply by email, lose the Ks...


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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    "Sqwertz" <swertz@cluemail.compo[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:inlcody9bk9j$.[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:11:49 -0700, RegForte wrote:
    >
    >> Phil..c wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> SARAH MUIRHEAD
    >>> 28/07/2009 9:28:00 AM
    >>> ON behalf of three New Jersey consumers, the Physicians Committee for
    >>> Responsible Medicine

    >>
    >> PCRM is a vegan front group. Their name contains the word "Physicians"
    >> in an attempt to give their claims false authority.
    >>
    >> In truth, they don't want anyone eating meat of any kind.

    >
    > But... but... aren't there nitrates in vegetables, too? Lets put
    > warning labels on those, too. Or better yet, ban them completely.
    >
    > -sw




    Indeed! We really should stop eating. Eating is bad for your health.
    Let's everyone just take vitamin tablets and drink bottled water Because
    we all know that $2 bottle of water is better than anything that comes out
    of the tap

    Jill


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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Cured meat cancer warning war

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:inlcody9bk9j$.[email protected]..
    > > On Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:11:49 -0700, RegForte wrote:
    > >
    > >> Phil..c wrote:
    > >>
    > >>>
    > >>> SARAH MUIRHEAD
    > >>> 28/07/2009 9:28:00 AM
    > >>> ON behalf of three New Jersey consumers, the Physicians Committee for
    > >>> Responsible Medicine
    > >>
    > >> PCRM is a vegan front group. Their name contains the word "Physicians"
    > >> in an attempt to give their claims false authority.
    > >>
    > >> In truth, they don't want anyone eating meat of any kind.

    > >
    > > But... but... aren't there nitrates in vegetables, too? Lets put
    > > warning labels on those, too. Or better yet, ban them completely.
    > >
    > > -sw

    >
    >
    >
    > Indeed! We really should stop eating. Eating is bad for your health.
    > Let's everyone just take vitamin tablets and drink bottled water Because
    > we all know that $2 bottle of water is better than anything that comes out
    > of the tap
    >
    > Jill


    Inject your skin cells with chloroplasts and live on photosynthesis. ;-)

    Green humans?

    <http://www.uky.edu/~dhild/biochem/24/fig1.jpg>

    <http://www.molecularstation.com/mole...05-protein-pic
    tures/48-heme-group.html>

    Chlorophyl is a little more complex. <g>

    There have been Science Fiction stories written along those lines...
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    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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