October 27, 2015
Red meat (beef, pork and lamb) fell into the IARC’s second – “possible carcinogen” – category. The agency said Monday that their categorization was based on based on red meat’s association with colorectal cancer, pancreatic, and prostate cancer. The report, however, did not mention red meat’s high levels of zinc and iron, both important nutrients in the human diet.
The IARC categories are based on the amount of scientific evidence available — not the level of risk, a distinction highlighted Monday by both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Meat Council.