Letter to Consumers

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dear Consumer:


You may be hearing new news about diet and its relationship to cancer. We understand this may be confusing and concerning to you. Rest assured, you can continue to enjoy meat and poultry products as part of a healthy, balanced diet.


Cancer is a complex disease and many factors appear to play a role in its development, including genetics, maintenance of a healthy body weight, exercise levels, and environmental exposure. The foods you consume – and the foods you may not include in your diet – are part of a very complex puzzle.


To date, research on diet and health has been extremely inconsistent. One week, studies tell consumers to eat a food for good health while the next week it seems another team of scientists advise against it. In fact, it seems the only consistency in dietary research is inconsistency.


And that’s where common sense and moderation come in. While it may not be the most exciting headline, it is the best advice:  eat a balanced diet consistent with U.S. Dietary Guidelines, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy body weight.


As members of the meat industry, we are confident in the safety and nutrition of the products we sell. We feed them to our own families. We want you to continue feeding our products to your family with that same confidence. We hope you will find the information on this web site useful in addressing any questions or concerns you may have.


If you need more information that you cannot find here, please email us at publicaffairs@meatinstitute.org.



Helpful Links:


Video Message: AMI  Comments on Cancer Study

AMI Statement on World Cancer Research Fund Report

Fact Sheet: Sodium Nitrite

Fact Sheet: Grilling and Heterocyclic Amines

Meat Matters: Meat and Poultry Nutrition Brochure

U.S. Dietary Guidelines 

Largest Study Ever Done Shows No Relationship Between Red Meat and Colon Cancer 



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