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Should the FDA Roll Out Warning Labels for Meat Products?


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Should the FDA Roll Out Warning Labels for Meat Products?

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that after September 2012 cigarette packages sold in the U.S. must contain graphic warning labels. The labels are intended to explain the dangers of smoking, and now some activists are calling for similar measures to be enacted for meat products sold in the country.

According to Jessica Pierce's article on One Green Planet, excessive consumption of meat can be linked with heart failure, obesity and cancer. Additionally, it can increase a consumer's exposure to hormones, antibiotics, dioxins and E. coli. A low- or no-meat diet can help reduce these health risks.

In an article for the Huffington Post, Nil Zacharias suggests the FDA warn consumers about these risks by listing them on meat packaging labels. Acknowledging such measures may be unlikely to come to fruition in the near future, Zacharias alternately suggests physicians begin informing consumers of the dangers of excessive meat consumption.

The FDA is making strides in helping consumers choose healthier meat options. Beginning this January, single-ingredient raw ground or chopped meat and poultry products will feature nutrition labeling.