UPDATED 19/10: SEE NOTE BELOW

A Queenstown woman has been left “totally dismayed and absolutely furious” on finding meat sausages freely available at a Breast Cancer Pink Star Walk she attended earlier today.

“Frankly it just blows me away. How long is it going to take for people get it?” says Bridget Murphy who joined the event to help raise funds with her husband and young daughters, all of whom are vegan.

“I mean, we weren’t even given the opportunity to choose a vegan sausage which I might have taken if the option had been available,” she said.

But it wasn’t only the fact that sausages were being given away by The Hits radio station to both adults and children that really bothered her.

“This was a health event for goodness sake. It totally dismays me and I’m furious about it. How long will it take for us to get this message through?”

Murphy said she was left “gob-smacked” after speaking to, The Hits, and was told they “hadn’t really connected the dots.”

“He told me I should go and talk with the Breast Cancer Foundation lady. She was super defensive and told me that the World Health Organisation has said a little bit of processed is fine.

“I told her that was rubbish and if you’re serious about eradicating cancer you’ll open your mind up a bit more and abolish this kind of thing at these events.

“Just because we’re Kiwis and it’s in our culture to throw on a bbq it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. I said she had the stage for a perfect educational opportunity and didn’t capitalise on it.”

The World Health Organization classified processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogens in October 2015. This means there is strong evidence that processed meats cause cancer. Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork has been classified as a ‘probable’ cause of cancer.

Examples of processed meats the WHO has cited include hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.

Interestingly, on its own web site, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation states the following:

Avoid processed meats – e.g. sausages, salami. The World Health Organisation says regular consumption of high quantities of these foods has been shown to cause bowel cancer, and there may also be a small breast cancer risk.”

It seems the message has yet to find its way to Queenstown.

FOOTNOTE:
Last Sunday evening, when this article was written, the paragraph on  the page linked to above was copied directly from the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation web site.

The same paragraph has now been rewritten as follows:

Limit processed meats – e.g. sausages, salami. The World Health Organisation says regular consumption of high quantities of these foods has been shown to cause bowel cancer. There isn’t enough evidence to say whether there’s any increased breast cancer risk.

Meanwhile the British National Health Service (NHS) is in no doubt about a connection between carcinogenic products like sausages and bacon and breast cancer.

In January last year the NHS published the following article:
Processed meats like bacon may increase breast cancer risk

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