Anti-Meat Group Sues, Says Hot Dogs Need Warnings

Hot dogs may be as American as baseball and apple pie, but an anti-meat advocacy group says they're hazardous to your health and should carry warning labels.

The Cancer Project, an offshoot of a pro-vegetarian organization, wants to force hot dog makers to use warning labels.

The organization filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Jersey.

It names Kraft Foods Inc., manufacturer of the Oscar Mayer brand; Sara Lee Corp.; Nathan's Famous; and the makers of the Hebrew National and Sabrett brands.

The lawsuit cites a report by the American Institute for Cancer
Research that concluded regular consumption of processed meat can
increase the risk of colorectal and other forms of cancer.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, an industry group, says many other studies contradict those findings.


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  • by Dan Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    bills kicks a$$!! go get ya one now!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 at 03:59 AM
    Frankly, my dear...
  • by Hilary Location: NC on Jul 23, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    I am a Sabrett girl. When I visit New York City on business. I look for the famous blue & yellow umbrella over the street pushcarts, and ask the vendor for a Sabrett "all the way" Nothing like a dirty water Sabrett all the way please.
  • by Hot Dog Lover Location: NC on Jul 23, 2009 at 01:31 PM
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  • by To Wolfgang Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    I'll admit, I had Nathan's while visiting Jersey. Good Dog's,and certainly part of America's history, but I still luv those fried dog's and chili at Bill's. Anonymous.. must be a PETA thing, huh? Lighten up, and go buy a T-Bone. I guarantee it will put a smile on your face. Piggly Wiggly is running a sale on them today. Can I pick one up for you??
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I am a Nathan's man. Sorry I lived in New Jersey. Politicians, show-business personalities, and sports celebrities are often seen and photographed munching Nathan’s dogs, and heard singing its praises. Barbra Streisand, actually had Nathan’s hot dogs delivered to London, England for a private party. A trip to Nathan’s was the focus of a Seinfeld episode created by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. More recently, the ex-mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani declared Nathan’s the “World’s best hot dog.” Shortly after that, Nathan Handwerker was named to the city’s top 100- joining the ranks of Joe Namath, Irving Berlin, Andrew Carnegie, Joe DiMaggio and others. Even Jacqueline Kennedy loved Nathan’s dogs, and served them at the White House. In his final last will and testament, actor Walter Mathau requested Nathan’s hot dogs to be served at his funeral – they were! The point is Nathan’s is not just a hot dog, it has history and it is Americana
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    I'm glad these people are actually coming out to announce what some people need to know. However some Americans are to stubborn to give up their precious hotdogs, burgers, pork, and other deadly foods especially the silly ones who commented against this story.
  • by T Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    Man, I am ready for 3 Bill's Hot Dog with EXTRA chilly. I love those lumps of lard, and my Mountain Dew. Gooood eatin'.
  • by OBX on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    If they put a warning on hot dogs they will have to put warnings on all the other bad foods too. Basically all fast food, snack foods, and grease pit foods out there. Just pork in general is bad. So just don't eat if you know it is bad.
  • by Earl Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 23, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    So The Cancer Project, an offshoot of a pro-vegetarian organization, wants to force hot dog makers to use warning labels. What did they do just get Obama's stimulas money? What a way to spend it?
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