A report in the Farmers Guardian today says that the Government if urging the general public to cut down on red and processed meat consumption in response to new advice on the health risks connected with eating it in large quantities.
The Department of Health is advising people who eat more than 90 grams (cooked weight) of red and processed meat a day to cut down to 70 grams.
The advice is based on research which suggests that eating large amounts of red and processed meat increases the risk of contracting bowel cancer. In a statement, the Department said red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, can form part of a healthy diet and is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. However the Department went on to say that "Evidence shows that there is probably a link between eating high amounts of red and processed meat and risk of bowel cancer."