Recently, Reuters posted an article discussing the World Health Organization’s classification of processed meat as a carcinogen. When this classification came out, news sources pointed out that these meats were placed on the same level of carcinogen as plutonium.
However, as this report discusses, the group that the WHO consulted to make this classification does not have levels of severity regarding carcinogens. The levels they use are carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic, and not carcinogenic. Therefore, even though bacon may possess carcinogens, it likely does not contain as many as toxic items such as cigarettes or plutonium.
What do you think? Does this criticism of the classification raise doubts about the adverse effects of processed meats? Or should we still attempt to stay away from these meats?