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e-2614 (Health)

Initiated by Kattrina Horner from Eckville, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Canadian Cancer Society recommendations are for Canadians to avoid processed meats;
  • Processed meat is considered to be any meat derived from the carcass of an animal which has been modified in order to either improve its taste or extend its shelf life;
  • Methods of meat processing include adding salt, curing, fermentation, and smoking;
  • Examples of processed meat include ham, sausage, hot dogs, pepperoni, hamburgers, beef jerky and deli meats, including roast beef, chicken, and turkey;
  • Over 800 studies were evaluated by the IARC/WHO and the conclusions were primarily based on the evidence for colorectal cancer;
  • Data also showed positive associations between processed meat consumption and bowel and stomach cancers;
  • This demonstrated sufficient evidence that processed meats cause cancer and resulted in the classification of processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen, on the same list as tobacco smoke and asbestos;
  • Processed meats are served daily in prisons, schools, daycares, seniors' homes, businesses, restaurants, and grocery stores; and
  • Many citizens are unaware and uninformed about the health risks they are taking when choosing processed meats.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to help protect its citizens by doing the due diligence of having mandatory carcinogenic warning information labels on the packaging of processed meat foods that we are consuming.
Open for signature
June 1, 2020, at 12:03 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 30, 2020, at 12:03 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
Beaches—East York
Liberal Caucus
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