In a report, published on Tuesday and of which the “Journal du Dimanche” obtained a summary, the National Food Safety Agency (ANSES) finally recognizes that there is a link between the risk of colon cancer and nitrite consumption. The doubt around the dangerousness of nitrites has been maintained for years and in different ways by manufacturers.
There is a link between the consumption of deli meats containing nitrites and colorectal cancer. This is what a report from the National Food Safety Agency should officially reveal on Tuesday. Already on Sunday, our colleagues from JDD had been able to access a summary of this report in preview. According to this note, the nitrites present in cold cuts cause cancer.
Fear Technique to Conceal the Dangers of Nitrites
There had been doubts about the danger of nitrites for years. A doubt cleverly maintained in different ways. According to Camille Dorioz of the Foodwatch association, some manufacturers would use the technique of fear to conceal the dangers of nitrites on health.
“By saying that we can’t do without it and that we’re going to financially collapse a sector, that we’re going to take risks for the health of consumers. And to support that very strongly with politicians, with consumers “, she details on Europe 1. Then, the influence would be played with certain politicians. Richard Ramos, a centrist deputy in the Loiret who is fighting for the ban on nitrites, denounces the “revolving door”: when a senior civil servant leaves his post for a private company.
Dubious scientific data
“This is the case of a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture. He is now president of the charcuterie industry. To try to use his network to pass laws”. A network so extensive that it would even make it possible to create scientific evidence from scratch. “It’s simple, I make a fake study and we have people who respond because the labs, from time to time, are free of money and I put it on the market. He waters the deputies, the senators to be able to TO DO”
But today, there would be no longer any doubt, according to ANSES, there would be a link between cancers and the consumption of deli meats containing nitrites.