Danger asbestos

Processed meat reports are worrying but sausages and bacon should not be compared to asbestos

Thursday 29th October 2015

Dear Editors,

Processed meat reports are worrying

But sausages and bacon should not be compared to asbestos

The latest reports on the suspected dangers of processed meat including bacon, sausages and ham has been a cause of concern for many in recent days. With some linking the risk of eating these foods to asbestos, as both have been classified as Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans), it’s crucial to point out that there is no direct link between the two and as a result they should not be compared.

People have a choice when it comes to eating processed meats, whereas many members of the public are inadvertently exposed to asbestos, and potentially as a result asbestos-related cancers such as Mesothelioma, due to poor training and awareness of the presence of asbestos, and how to safely handle it.

UKATA provides asbestos awareness training nationwide to ensure that contractors are equipped to correctly handle asbestos in all forms. Training is an integral aspect which can be applied to asbestos, unlike processed meats. This is the stark difference and one which must be made clear.

UKATA sets national standards in asbestos training and ensures that its members meet those standards. Our members are delivering asbestos awareness, non-licensable and licensable training nationwide and a full list of approved asbestos training providers near you can be found on the UKATA website, www.ukata.org.uk or call us on 01246 824437.

UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has more than 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK.

Media Enquiries:
Victoria Castelluccio, Marketing Officer
victoria.castelluccio@ukata.org.uk
01246 824437