Healy defends meat from damaging British findings
Lovers of the 12oz steak were left dismayed this week after the publication of a British report that recommends a drastic cut in daily intakes of red meat.
The report's draft findings said that lower consumption of red and processed meat could reduce the risk of cancer and that intake should be kept to 70g a day "as a precaution".
A typical 12oz steak is almost five times larger than this new limit, instead leaving meat lovers facing the prospect of a minuscule 2.5oz steak.
The report was compiled by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, on behalf of the British Department of Health.
This was more bad news for the meat sector, coming in the same week that the January beef and lamb sales figures for Northern Ireland revealed a slump of 12pc and 22pc respectively compared to the same period last year.
Industry analysts suggest that unusually high beef sales in December may have had an impact.
The British report has generated plenty of debate within the multi-billion euro meat business both here and in Britain.
Commenting on the report, Cormac Healy, director of Meat Industry Ireland, said that red meat had an important role in a balanced diet and is the source of many important nutrients.