Are Hot Dogs And Sausage Safe?
Whether you call them hot dogs, frankfurters, wieners, or bratwursts, they’re all varieties of cooked sausage, and a few key words on the packaging are your clues to what’s really inside;
- Watch for warnings such as with by -products or with variety meats. The USDA requires this wording if the product contains raw meat by-products (e.g-heart, kidney, stomach, intestines, or liver).
- If the product has a casing, watch for artificial colors in the casing. The USSD requires label to indicate this as well.
- Mechanically separated meat is produced by forcing bones with attached meat through a sieve to separate the bone from the tissue. Mechanically separated beef is now prohibited for use as human food due to its connection to mad cow disease, but the USDA calcium (from bone) content limit must be labeled as containing” mechanically separated” meat
- products labeled as ”beef franks” or ”pork franks” contain meat from a single species and do not contain any animal by- products. However, turkey franks or chicken franks can contain turkey or chicken meat, turkey or chicken skin and fat, and may contain by-products. HOT DOG
It’s especially important not let children eat processed meats. One study found that children who eat more than twelve hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing children leukemia. Another study found that children who eat hot dogs one or more time per week have high risk of developing brain cancer and that children whose mothers eat hot dogs during pregnancy are associated with an excess risk of childhood. Please switch to brands that say nitrite-free or nitrite-free on label.
Study have shown a high level of the harmful bacterial listeria in hot dogs. People at risk(pregnant or nursing woman, the elderly, those suffering from a weakened immune system, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, or AIDS, and those taking certain medication should avoid eating hot dogs and luncheon meats like bologna.