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AMI Defends Processed Meats on ABC's World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer and Other Cable and Broadcast News Outlets

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

AMI Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Janet Riley last night appeared on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer to dispute a recent Harvard School of Public Health linking study associating processed meats with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

“I'm a little concerned that consumers are getting another case of nutrition whiplash,” Riley said. “Americans are starting to tune out because one week red wine's good for them, the next week, not so much. One week it's oat bran, the next it's maybe not.”

Harlan Krumholz, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine also appeared on the segment, and agreed that moderation of both processed and unprocessed meats contributes to an overall healthy diet.

“This study doesn’t suggest that people should panic if they had a processed meat for lunch or be concerned that they have to cut it out completely,” Krumholz said.

To view the clip, click here:  http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/skip-dog-burger-10682708.

In addition to World News Tonight, an extensive quote from the AMI Foundation was included in a CNN story on the report, which highlighted the fact that the meat industry has a different view than what was reported in the study.  The CNN piece quoted AMIF saying,“Meat contains protein, amino acids and essential nutrients like iron and zinc that are the keys to good health and this is just one study from a wealth of research that has clearly demonstrated processed meat is a healthy part of a balanced diet.”  The segment was widely picked up by affiliates across the country.

To watch the CNN clip, click here:  http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2010/05/18/hm.meat.risks.cnn?hpt=T2.  

Internationally, AMI provided a statement refuting the study’s findings and a copy of its video, “Processed Meats: New Stories about Old Myths,” to TV Globo, the largest broadcaster in Brazil and Latin America.  The story ran on TV Globo’s morning news show this morning: http://bit.ly/9vQhtZ

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