Cancer Risk from Dioxin In Meat, Fish, And Dairy

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Cancer Risk from Dioxin in Meat, Fish, and Dairy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that the highly toxic chemical compound dioxin causes cancer in humans. Dioxin comes from both natural and industrial sources, such as medical and municipal waste incinerators and paper plants.

Dioxin enters the food chain when animals eat contaminated plants. When humans consume meat, dairy products, or fish, they ingest a highly concentrated load of dioxin, which has been linked to several cancers including lymphomas and lung cancer. The EPA report estimates associated cancer rates for those who eat large amounts of animal products to be as high as 1 in 100.

Children's dioxin intake is proportionally much higher than an adult's if they consume dairy products or are breast fed by mothers who do.


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