Based on a review of 800 studies from around the world, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) revealed that consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer. The review also found a 'strong' evidence of a link for unprocessed red meat such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse or goat.
Germany is a key meat producing nation that generated 8.8 million tonnes of meat in 2013. It includes more than 5.0 million tonnes of pork and 1.4 million tonnes of poultry.
Germany's food and agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said, "People should not be afraid of biting into a grilled bratwurst despite the World Health Organization's warning that sausages and ham cause cancer. No one should be afraid when eating a bratwurst. As with everything, what counts is the quantity: too much of something is always bad for health. We worry people unnecessarily if we put meat in the same category as asbestos or tobacco."