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Your Vegetarian Hot Dog May Contain Meat...and Human DNA

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM
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Hotdogs — both vegetarian and meat-based — were found to contain a lot more than you bargained for in a new report by a food watch dog group. (Photo: Getty Images) 

Think you’re making the healthy choice by picking a vegetarian hot dog? Check the brand you’re buying: A new report found that 10 percent of the vegetarian hot dogs tested contained meat, including chicken in a vegetarian breakfast sausage and pork in a vegetarian hot dog. 

But that’s not all. Clear Food, a company that genetically tests food products, looked at 345 hot dog samples from 75 brands, including meat-based and meat-free dogs. Of those 345 hot dogs, 14.4 percent had some sort of issue, be it a labeling inaccuracy or hygiene problem. 

Related: Recipes That Prove Vegetarians Get Enough Protein

Some dogs were labeled pork-free — important for certain religions — but were found to contain pork after all. Others only listed one type of meat but included several, or didn’t contain all the ingredients listed. 

Even grosser: 2 percent of all samples were found to have traces of human DNA in them. Veggie dogs were the worst off, accounting for 67 percent of the hygiene issues, and two-thirds of the human DNA found.

The good news: As bad as some brands were found to be, there are some trustworthy options out there. The report lists the soy chorizo and meatless corn dogs at Trader Joe’s as a good picks for vegetarians, and Taveritte’s, Whole Foods’ 365 brand, Aidell’s, Hebrew National, Ball Park, Oscar Mayer, and Johnsonville for meat eaters. 

Find the full details, plus more recommendations for staying safe, at Clear Food.

by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM
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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:14 AM

throwing up

Mrseoc
by Bronze Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM
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I wish the article would specify which brands did not pass. What does 90% and above mean? 90% what they say it is?
"This hotdogs ingredient list is 90% true."
Yuck.
sj2014
by Silver Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:53 AM
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I agree. I'm a strict vegetarian who enjoys the occasional veggie dog. I'd like to know which brands are truly vegetarian!

I'm shocked to know this. The most common veggie dogs are made by companies that exclusively make veg products. I can see how meat matter would get into the veggie dogs if meat hotdogs were processed on the same equipment or in the same facility...but how else would meat get into a veggie dog?

Ugh...off to do some research. Thanks, op, for this info!

Quoting Mrseoc: I wish the article would specify which brands did not pass. What does 90% and above mean? 90% what they say it is?
"This hotdogs ingredient list is 90% true."
Yuck.
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:05 AM
Right. They need to put it out there exactly which brands are doing this so people can stop buying them and hopefully they'll go right out of business.

Quoting Mrseoc: I wish the article would specify which brands did not pass. What does 90% and above mean? 90% what they say it is?
"This hotdogs ingredient list is 90% true."
Yuck.
Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM
Gross! We buy all beef hotdogs. I'll be sticking to Hebrew National I guess.
Carpy
by Emerald Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:56 AM
Human DNA of course would mean shit.

Gotta love organic.
fairymom82
by Bronze Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 12:02 PM
Due to government regulation, there is an allowable parts per million of contaminate allowed in processed food. That could be anything from spiders, dirt, fingernail, shit, whatever. Its freaking gross and nasty.
Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Regulation? You think if we deregulated this area we could "trust" them with what they would be putting in? LOL

Quoting fairymom82: Due to government regulation, there is an allowable parts per million of contaminate allowed in processed food. That could be anything from spiders, dirt, fingernail, shit, whatever. Its freaking gross and nasty.


Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM
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Answer : stop eating processed foods! The end

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 26, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Eat less.

Eat more plants.

I never understood being a "vegetarian" and then eating stuff that looks? tastes? like the food that you've decided not to eat.

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