Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hot dogs should carry a warning label, lawsuit says

from the Los Angeles Times

"Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer."

The nonprofit Cancer Project filed a lawsuit today on behalf of three New Jersey plaintiffs asking the Essex County superior court to compel the companies to place cancer-risk warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey.

"Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer," says Neal Barnard, president of the Cancer Project and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University medical school in Washington, D.C. "Companies that sell hot dogs are well aware of the danger, and their customers deserve the same information."

The defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, include Nathan's Famous Inc., Oscar Mayer-owner Kraft Foods Inc., Sara Lee Corp., Marathon Enterprises Inc. and ConAgra Foods Inc., which owns Hebrew National...

The Cancer Project is a branch of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that lobbies against animal research and pitches the adoption of meat-free diets.

In the lawsuit, the Cancer Project cites the role of nitrites, a preservative used in cured and processed meats such as hot dogs in the development of cancer-forming agents. During digestion, it breaks down into nitrosamines and other N-nitroso compounds that are considered carcinogens.

to read the entire unbalanced article go here.
It's so obvious, it's stupid, to read this article, but interesting points are brought up, that of course meat industry dismisses just as the tobacco industry once did with tobacco products. Read it and see how thick the baloney is in this country in the industrial food business. Read between the lines, it is obvious and should make you as sick as the hotdogs themselves.

(Thanks, Doug)

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