Based on research by many parties, including the World Health Organization, it appears that some processed (and red) meats are (or may be) carcinogenic. For example, in this article on the WHO's website:
- Processed meat was classified as Group 1, carcinogenic to humans. What does this mean?
This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. In other words, there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer. The evaluation is usually based on epidemiological studies showing the development of cancer in exposed humans.
In the case of processed meat, this classification is based on sufficient evidence from epidemiological studies that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer.
If we assume that it is prohibited to engage in dangerous behaviours, would it still be permissible according to Halacha to consume meat?
More so, are there any (recent) authoritative Halachic sources that permit eating meat based on "Shomer Pesa'im Hashem"?
*I realize that there are many other points that relate to the eating of meat, like the Torah's permission to eat it, other health concerns, mitzvot associated with it, etc.