by Michael Fielding, Meatingplace
The U.S. Department of Agriculture should stop distributing hot dogs and other processed meats to children through the National School Lunch Program, according to a petition filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group that promotes a meatless lifestyle.
The group filed the petition Oct. 27 with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, one day after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that it had determined that processed meats are “carcinogenic to humans.”
The petition calls on USDA to stop offering processed meats for purchase, subsidy and reimbursement under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program. The petition asks USDA to encourage schools that offer processed meats to include alternatives to these products in menus.
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