Ask the USDA to Ban Hot Dogs from School Lunches

Hot dogs and pepperoni pizza are common staples in school lunch rooms across the United States. But the World Health Organization has declared these and other processed meats—such as bacon, sausage, and deli meats—"carcinogenic to humans." The organization has even classified processed meats in the same category as asbestos, tobacco products, and other carcinogens.

The WHO report, which is based on research from more than 800 studies, highlighted a meta-analysis that showed each 50 gram portion of processed meat—approximately the size of a typical hot dog—eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

Young people are paying the consequences. A National Cancer Institute study found that young people have double and quadruple the risks of colon and rectal cancers, respectively, compared to those born in the 1950s, due, in part, to processed meats.

Please take a moment to ask Michael Young, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to protect the nation’s children by banning processed meats from the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.


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