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When bacon and hot dogs attack -- Prop 65 warning labels imminent




A report released by the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that eating processed meat can lead to colorectal cancer in humans even as it remains a small chance but rises with the amount consumed.
A report released by the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that eating processed meat can lead to colorectal cancer in humans even as it remains a small chance but rises with the amount consumed.
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Bacon has been the culinary gem of trendy food for the past several years but after yesterday’s WHO warnings about its carcinogenic traits, its popularity could take a nosedive.

It won’t be helped by a warning notification expected to arrive in a store near you. That’s thanks to Prop 65, passed by voters in 1986 to require California to compile a list of "chemicals known to increase cancer risk."

State health officials say they're not sure if they'll add processed meats -- it’s up to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), but litigators on the issue say it’s probably a matter of time. The warning would alert shoppers that  they are about to be exposed to a chemical or substance known to the state of California to cause cancer.

It’s unsettling to see at the grocery store, but will it give you pause before buying processed meats?

Guests:

Ben Bradford, State Government Reporter for Capital Public Radio

Bruce Nyemanaging partner at the Adams|Nye|Becht law firm in San Francisco, where he’s defended companies in Prop 65 cases; he also publishes the blog CalBizLit about current civil litigation in California