Moms Might Have to Change the Menu After Human DNA Is Found in Hot Dogs

hot dogs contain human DNASometimes finding out there's a "secret ingredient" in your favorite comfort food -- and your kids' go-to meal request -- isn't always a good thing. Clear Food has issued its hot dog report and, to put it bluntly, the findings are gag-worthy. After analysis of the barbecue staple on a molecular level, it was determined that human DNA was found in some hot dog samples


After 345 hot dog and sausage products across 75 brands and 10 retailers were examined, human DNA was found in 2 percent of the samples.

If you just thought to yourself, "It's all right, I only serve my kids the vegetarian variety," I'm sorry, but there's more bad news. Two-thirds of that 2 percent were found in veggie dogs and 10 percent of that figure actually contained meat. Yikes!

So just what qualifies as "human DNA"? While you might imagine it as a fingernail or piece of errant skin, Clear Food defines it as "hygienic issues." Doesn't make you feel any better, right? 

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But if you and your family just can't give up the dogs -- especially with the World Series about to get under way -- don't despair: Clear Food ranked manufacturers that are producing high-quality franks with integrity. Butterball, McCormick, Eckrich, and Hebrew National claimed the top spots. 

Guess this news gives credence to that old saying, "Sometimes it's best if you don't see how the sausage is made!"  

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