The ACMF is the national, peak organisation for those involved in the chicken meat industry in Australia, including chicken farmers and chicken meat processors.
We are aware of the Channel 9 News segment that aired on 9 September which raised concerns about poultry meat intake and certain cancer risks.
Dr Vivien Kite, Executive Director, ACMF comments, “The UK study referenced in this segment does not prove or even suggest a direct causal relationship between chicken consumption itself and cancer risk. The study shows a preliminary finding of an association and requires further investigation.”
The report on this study admits that the associations it also found between red meat consumption and various cancers (colorectal, breast and prostate) may similarly be confounded by other factors, for example the method of cooking.
The suggested association between poultry and cancer is not backed up by the broader scientific literature. The Australian Cancer Council states that there is not enough evidence to draw any conclusions on eating poultry and the risk of cancer.
Lean chicken meat can be a key nutritional element to a healthy, balanced diet. For more information visit www.chicken.org.au