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Is it Ok to give your kid a raw hot dog?

My kids love beef hot dogs. My 2 year old sometimes wants it straight from the package....my mom would never have let us do that! I'm wondering if it's Ok to let him do it? I take it away from him now and cook it before giving it back! I mean he eats these like a snack! That and fruit and lettuce! LOL! Thanks in advance for answering!

 
4kidsandadog

Asked by 4kidsandadog at 12:24 PM on Apr. 9, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • yes its fine. when I was a kid my granny and papaw used to give it to me straight from the freezer ( loved it like that it was like icecream) hahahaha but really its already cooked so it is fine.
    amy31308

    Answer by amy31308 at 12:27 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Personally I would not, but it's no worse than lunch meat. Both can harbor toxoplasmosis bacteria.
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:26 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • they're not raw, they're just cold. it's fine.
    anestheticsex

    Answer by anestheticsex at 12:33 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Yeah, hot dogs come fully cooked. When you "cook" them, you're really just heating them up. It's fine to eat them cold, if you can stand them that way, lol.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:38 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Thank you all for answering! I was worried, and my husband said it's fine! But I didn't believe him! LOL!
    4kidsandadog

    Answer by 4kidsandadog at 1:11 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Yes, it is fine. Hot dogs are just like bologna. As kids, we used to eat them frozen!! Hot dogs are fully cooked, and just need to be reheated.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:36 PM on Apr. 9, 2009