National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools
Speaking ofprocessed meats
…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes…
Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agriculture, asking the agency to ban hot dogs and other similar meats from school meals.
Sixty percent of breakfasts offered at the Houston Independent School District contain processed meats, according to the Cancer Project, which, by the way, bills itself as a national nonprofit cancer education organization.
Battle of the Piney Woods: SFA vs. SHSU
TicketsSat., Oct. 1, 3:00pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 11:00am
Rice University Owls Football vs. UTSA Roadrunners Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 6:00pm
Rice University Owls Football vs. Prairie View A&M University Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 22, 2:30pm
And just what does the organization have against Jimmy Dean anyway?
"Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer," said Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Cancer Project, in a release. "With 58 research studies examining the links between processed meats and colorectal cancer, serving these products to children is no longer defensible. The federal government should be encouraging schools to serve healthful foods."
The petition elaborates:
Processed meat products, including ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, bologna, liverwurst, bratwurst, sausages, frankfurters, hot dogs, luncheon meats and, depending on the processing, hamburgers and minced meats, represent a broad category of meat products that are often prepared and/or preserved by curing, smoking, salting or adding chemical preservatives, such as nitrites and nitrates. A review of 58 scientific studies concluded that consuming processed meat in strongly associated with the increased risks of colorectal cancer, the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
You can read the full petition here. We expect a response from the National Organization in Support of Delicious Lips and Assholes any day now.
-- Keith Plocek
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.