Meat leaders play down consumption claims

Meat leaders have played down reports government advisors are likley to urge a reduction in the consumption of red meat.

Nick Allen, Eblex sector director, said as the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report had still not been published, the claims made across the mainstream media were hard to confirm: “The SACN report isn’t due to be published until Friday, so until we’ve had sight of the official document, it’s difficult to give an informed response.

“We’re unsure where the coverage in the press originates from, however much of it appears to be a reiteration of old information.

“Advice has always been that a moderate amount of red meat can offer health benefits as part of a balanced diet. This is backed up by a review from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) which has been published today (Monday).

“This report says a review of published evidence shows a moderate intake of lean red meat makes a significant positive contribution to both micronutrient and macronutrient intakes without risking any negative health effects.”

Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat suppliers, said the concern was over consumer confusion: "The anti meat brigade will never stop until we are all confirmed veggies, but fortunately commonsense seems to prevail among consumers. One paper report one day says eating red meat is fine and the next day out come the vested anti meat interests with the opposite. Twas ever thus".


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