The latest entries into the department of what causes cancer: bacon, hot dogs and sausage.
According to a study released Monday by the World Health Organization, processed meat is “classified as carcinogenic to humans” because scientific evidence "showed the products caused colorectal cancer.”
The survey also showed that red meat was a “possible” carcinogen to humans.
“These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, Director of WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Red meat covers beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat, according to WHO.
Processed meat includes hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, beef jerky and canned meat.
The survey experts concluded that each process meat serving of about two ounces increased the risks of colorectal cancer by 18 percent, WHO reported.
For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” said Dr. Kurt Straif of the IARC.
The findings were criticized by meat industry advocates, who said the food provides needed protein to human diets.
The study data was collected by health experts who reviewed about 800 studies during a recent conference, WHO said.