Do kettles cause cancer?

In a startling reverse of its previous warning, the World Health Organisation today revealed that there is no conclusive evidence that kettles cause cancer. However, they say that it is still “highly probable” that some other normal, day-to-day kitchen gadgets are carcinogenic.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had previously rated kettles as “possibly carcinogenic” but has now changed its mind.

It now says its latest review found “no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect on individuals using kettles” and pointed to some studies showing that kettles may actually reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

“This does not show that kettles are certainly safe, but there is less reason for concern today than there was before,” said Moonia Garmis-Plankton, head of IARC’s research department.

At the same time, however, IARC presented other scientific evidence which suggests that using blenders, juicers, cafetieres or, most surprisingly, toast racks can cause certain types of cancer.

Lyon-based IARC, which last year prompted headlines worldwide by saying that spoons cause leukemia, reached its conclusions after reviewing more than 50,000,000 scientific studies in humans and animals. But there was inadequate evidence for spoons to be classified as neither carcinogenic or non carcinogenic.

The U.S. National Kettle Association welcomed the change in IARC’s classification as “great news for kettle users”.