New Yorkers Urge City Council Members to Pass ‘Baloney Ban’ Resolution 238 on Processed Meats In Schools
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New York residents and health advocates took to City Hall yesterday to urge City Council members to pass Resolution 238, commonly known as the Baloney Ban. The resolution aims to ban processed meats including baloney, pepperoni, and hot dogs from the city’s public school lunch programs because of the health risks, including cancer.

The resolution was introduced by Council Member Fernando Cabrera back in 2017.

“Research shows that processed meat is unhealthy and can lead to serious illnesses including cancer and diabetes,” the councilman’s office wrote in an Instagram post. “In 2015, the World Health Organization announced findings that processed meats contain cancer-causing chemicals. School lunches often include processed meats, such as hot dogs, pepperoni, and deli meats. In 2016-2017, For a lot of New York City kids, the food they get in school is the only full meal they will have all day. Council Member Cabrera believes in acting now to teach our kids healthy eating habits and lifestyles so they can live long, healthy, and productive lives.”

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In 2017 Council Member Cabrera introduced Resolution 238 to ban processed meats from public school meals to protect the health and well-being of New York City’s children. Research shows that processed meat is unhealthy and can lead to serious illnesses including cancer and diabetes. In 2015, the World Health Organization announced findings that processed meats contain cancer-causing chemicals. School lunches often include processed meats, such as hot dogs, pepperoni, and deli meats. In 2016-2017, For a lot of New York City kids, the food they get in school is the only full meal they will have all day. Council Member Cabrera believes in acting now to teach our kids healthy eating habits and lifestyles so they can live long, healthy, and productive lives. #CouncilmanFernandoCabrera #BantheBaloney #NYC #Bronx #health #WorldHealthOrganization #52factsaboutcouncilmancabrera

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The resolution was introduced at the urging of vegan Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams last year.

“We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life,” Adams said to the New York Post last spring. “Chicken nuggets and sloppy joes are in the same class of substances as cigarettes. We know that we would never give our children cigarettes to smoke, so there’s absolutely no reason why we should continue poisoning our children’s health with processed foods.” 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has repeatedly advised against consumption of processed meats because of the health risks. The group was successful in working with two children’s hospitals in removing hot dogs from menus and cafeterias.

The Santa Barbara, Calif., school district became the first district in the country to pull processed meat from all school lunch menus last September.

“SBUSD is committed to serving our students nutritious foods that will help them learn and grow,” said SBUSD food service director Nancy Weiss. “It’s the right thing to do to ensure that our students are getting the highest-quality food. There’s no room for carcinogens on the lunch line.”


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New Yorkers Urge City Council Members to Pass ‘Baloney Ban’ Resolution 238 on Processed Meats In Schools
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New Yorkers Urge City Council Members to Pass ‘Baloney Ban’ Resolution 238 on Processed Meats In Schools
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New York City Councils heard from health experts on Resolution 238, best known as the Baloney Ban aimed at removing processed meat from the city's schools.
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