Call for schools to drop processed meats

September 9, 2008 7:55:46 AM PDT
There is an increased call for schools to drop processes meats from their menus. Many processed meats are cured by nitrates. The American Cancer Society says "eating processed meats...increases exposure to potential cancer causing agents and should be reduced as much as possible."

But meat industry advocates point out there are studies that do not show a possible cancer link and many foods, like spinach or pomegranates, naturally contain nitrites.