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While evidence linking processed meats and bowel cancer was the strongest, some studies also suggested a link between processed meat and stomach cancer as well as red meat and pancreatic and prostate cancer.
Data from analysts IRI Retail Advantage shows that value sales for pre-packed bacon plummeted 17 per cent in the week after the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer published a report last month concluding that processed meat was a carcinogen.
In some industrialised countries, such as the US, several products are added to meat and even more to processed meat, unlike countries such as Argentina or Australia where meat has fewer additives.
A report from the World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer stated recently that there was enough evidence to rank processed meats such as ham and sausages as group 1 carcinogens, because of a causal link with bowel cancer.
After reviewing all of the information, the working group concluded that there is enough evidence to classify processed meat as carcinogenic.
Those who consumed a lot of red and processed meat may want to consider cutting down, he said.
It was also found that consumption of processed meat could cause colorectal cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the WHO, said: "Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans, based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.
But this does not mean that processed meat, smoking and asbestos are all equally dangerous, as classifi-cations describe the strength of the scientific evidence about an agent being a cause of cancer, rather than assessing the level of risk.
The meat industry |has reacted angrily over the dietary guidelines from the World Health Organisation cancer agency which said that processed meats such as ham and sausage can lead to colon and other cancers, and red meat is probably cancercausing as well
Those who consume a lot of red and processed meat may want to consider cutting down," he said.
A review of 800 studies from around the world found sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer, said the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).