Should hotdog packs carry warning labels?

The Cancer Project, a non-profit anti-meat consumer group in Washington, D.C., United States, had filed a class-action suit in New Jersey alleging that hotdogs posed serious health risks.

The nonprofit Cancer Project is filing the suit on behalf of John O’Donnell, Ruthann Hilland, and Michele DeScisciolo, who purchased hot dogs made by the companies without being made aware that processed meat products are a cause of colorectal cancer.

But Hold On a minute here: Janet Riley of the American Meat Institute and the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, challenged the assertions by the nonprofit Cancer Project, which is filing the lawsuit on behalf of the New Jersey residents, and its affiliate, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

“They’re an animal rights group,” Riley said. “Their solution to every possible illness is vegetarianism. Their objective is to end meat consumption, period. … It’s a very selective use of the science to further their animal rights agenda.”

The lawsuit is based on a “landmark” 2007 American Institute for Cancer Research report, based on 58 scientific studies, showing that the daily consumption of one 50-gram serving of processed meat (about the amount in a single hot dog) increases the risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent, according to the Cancer Project. About 50,000 people die each year from colorectal cancer.

The findings would seem to run counter to a bevy of studies, including a 2004 federally funded Harvard School of Public Health study finding no link between meat and colon cancer, provided by the meat-industry arm. What’s more, the meat institute’s Riley said, the chemical preservative nitrites cited as harmful are found in abundance in vegetables.

So let me  re-cap: We have a group of vegetarians who by the way don’t eat hot dogs, telling you that they are bad for you. The same nitrites found in some hot dogs are also found in vegtables.  What?

Let me tell you what I know. Not All hot dogs have nitrites, in fact some of the companies not listed do not use nitrites and that is probably why they are not being sued. I our hot dog catering business we use only 100% all beef dogs, and they are made from beef cutlet, and have no nitrites.

One more point: Moderation! I have a lot of customers and most do not eat a hot dog every day, and I’m sure you don’t either. Ask your doctor but he will probably tell you the same thing my doc tells me: Drink plenty of water, excersize, and make sure you are taking in enough fiber, and have a hot dog once and a while!