Red alert

Earlier this year a major study found fresh evidence linking red meat to bowel cancer. Now a study of the diets and lifestyles of 218 Crohn’s patients has revealed a link between meat eating and this disease. The two-year study commissioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) and carried out by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) investigated whether drinking tap water increases the risk of Crohn's disease. They concluded that there was no connection. However, a connection was made between eating meat and Crohn’s disease. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been told about the finding and is asking its food safety advisers to consider what research may be necessary to establish more firmly whether there is a link. Crohn’s Disease is a long-term illness that causes inflammation in the gut, it affects between 30,000 and 60,000 people in the UK, that’s about 1 in 1200.

An online copy of the report (7.8MB) is available from: http://dwi.defra.gov.uk/research/completed-research/reports/Crohns_Report.pdf