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FSIS Denies Petition for Cancer Warning Label on Meat and Poultry Products.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) denied a petition submitted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that requested warning labels be placed on processed meat and poultry products that warned consumers of an increased risk of cancer. CSPI requested in December 2016 that FSIS create regulations requiring warning labels to say that frequent consumption of processed meat and poultry could raise the risk of colon and rectal cancer. FSIS denied the petition because the agency "considers these products safe to consume and not misbranded for failure to display the warning labels sought in the petition," and that the requested warning label could mislead consumers by lacking information that provides a proper context to the asserted cancer risk. FSIS added that the studies cited by CSPI in the petition acknowledge that the mechanisms that give rise to the purported increased cancer risk are currently unknown. FSIS's full response can be found here.

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