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National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

Photo by Robb Walsh

Speaking of processed 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.

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

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