IMS Puts into Perspective the IARC Evaluation of Red and Processed Meat and Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published their evaluation of red and processed meat on October 26, 2015 in the British Medical journal The Lancet Oncology.A Working Group of 22 scientists from 10 countries were unable to reach consensus agreement. However, based on majority agreement, the Working Group classified:
- consumption of red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A)
- consumption of processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1).
IARC conducts hazard analysis, not risk assessments. This distinction is important. It means they consider whether meat at some level, under some circumstance, could be a hazard. The IARC classification (probably carcinogenic, or carcinogenic) is theoretical, and does not give any indication of risk level in reality.
The lack of consensus in the evaluation is a reflection that there is not a single view held by the scientific community. This evaluation does not introduce any new evidence. It is based on existing scientific literature. Is there a scientific consensus? We believe there is no compelling evidence to suggest that red and processed meat, consumed as part of a balanced diet, increases the risk of cancer. No single food –including red and processed meat – has been proven to cause or cure any type of cancer.
IMS Partnership with FAO Publishes Groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines
The IMS is pleased to announce that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership (LEAP) has published the first of a series of ground-breaking global Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) guidelines for feed, poultry and small ruminants.
The guidelines were officially published at the LEAP 2nd annual meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 23 April 2015 and reflect a common vision among the LEAP partners, which include representatives from the agri-food chain, governments, international organizations, academia, and civil society.