The red meat industry has shrugged off a report linking meat consumption with breast cancer in women.

MLC nutritionist Maureen Strong said there was no extra risk associated with the average red meat consumption of a British woman of 32g per day.

"Lean red meat is, and remains, an important part of a healthy balanced diet," she added.

The Leeds University study claimed post-menopausal women who ate more than 57g of red meat a day stood a 56% greater risk of breast cancer than those who didn't eat meat. The figure was higher for women who ate processed food like sausages or bacon.