WASHNIGTON – According to a new review and meta-analysis of large studies on red and processed meats and breast cancer published in Nutrition Research Reviews, red meat and processed meat intake do not appear to be independently associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

The American Meat Institute relays the meta-analysis utilized data from the Pooling Project, a large collection of data from eight cohort studies, combined with data from nine studies published between 2004 and 2009 and one study published in 1996.

Researchers from Exponent Health Sciences Practice and Emory University, concluded: "Overall, weak positive summary associations were observed across all meta-analysis models, with the majority being non-statistically significant."

This review is the latest in a volume of scientific literature that finds no association between breast cancer risk and the intake of total meat, red meat and meat cooked at high temperatures.