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Bacon May Be Sold With Warning Label In California Following WHO's Announcement

OAKLAND (CBS SF) -- Bacon may have to be sold with a warning label following the World Health Organization's announcement that the processed meat is carcinogenic to humans.

The Oakland-based Center for Biological Diversity wrote Monday in a release that "today's decision should trigger a similar classification in California, requiring these meats sold throughout the state to include a label warning that the products are known to the state of California to cause cancer."

The World Health Organization has put these meats in the same category as cigarettes in terms of the death and danger they deliver.  Now, California must follow suit with public health warnings on the labels," Stephanie Feldstein, Population and Sustainability Director of the Center for Biological Diversity said.

California's Prop 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase.

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