Most Aussie kids would be used to having a ham sandwich or two in their lunch box each week, but now we’re being told the humble ham sanga should be ditched for healthier options.
And hasn’t it caused an uproar?!
It all started when Cancer Council flyers were reportedly included in school newsletters, encouraging kids to ‘ditch the ham sandwich’ from their lunch box.
It prompted a swift backlash from pork producers, who labelled the move a ‘politically correct message’.
“Ham is actually a product which has been developed over the last 5,000 years and people have eaten it through the ages without any problems,” Bringelly Pork and Bacon owner David Bligh told News Corp.
“I think sometimes these politically correct messages can go a little bit too far and not be as practical as they should be.”
Even dad of seven, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet weighed in on the debate
“Didn’t Homer Simpson call the pig the amazing, wonderful animal?” he said. “And we all love pig. We all love ham, and pork and bacon, and I think it’s great for kids. I know with my kids, I start the week with ham and it kind of deteriorates over the course of the week, but the Cancer Council does a great job, but maybe they could sit this one out.”
It’s not the first time the Cancer Council has had ham sandwiches in its crosshairs, with the organisation pointing to a link between processed meats and an increased risk of cancer on its website.
“The Australian Dietary Guidelines also say these foods are ‘discretionary’, like cakes and biscuits, so should only be eaten sparingly. However, in NSW 10% of children eat processed meats daily and 50% eat them one to two times per week,” the Cancer Council explained in a press release.We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.