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This Hot Dog Recall Could Mess With Your Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

Hope you weren’t planning on having hot dogs this weekend

This time of year, we want to focus on soaking up the sun and enjoying rosé al fresco, not worrying about whether the food you're devouring at that cookout or picnic is safe. But alas, sometimes a food buzzkill can't be avoided — and this time, it's hot dogs that are presenting a hazard. More than 200,000 pounds of Nathan's and Curtis hot dogs are being recalled just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Goodie!

Apparently, three customers so far have found fragments of metal in their hot dog packages, so the company has issued a recall. I know most of us don't really want to know what goes into our favorite tube steaks, but as far as mystery ingredients go, I'd say shards of metal are probably as bad as it gets. That's undoubtedly a more controversial add-on than either contender in the classic ketchup vs. mustard hot dog debate (the right answer is mustard and relish, hold the metal, end of story).

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The recalled dogs include 14-ounce packs of Nathan's Skinless 8 Beef Franks with an expiration date of Aug. 19, 2017, and 16-ounce packs of Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks with an expiration date of June 15, 2017. Both were sold in locations across the country, so no matter where you live, make sure you check your fridge or freezer for any of the recalled items.

If you did purchase any of the unfortunate batch of potentially contaminated hot dogs, discard them. For more information, you can contact the parent company of Nathan's and Curtis, John Morrell, at 800-722-1127.

In the meantime, maybe the star of this year's Memorial Day barbecue should be one of these veggie burgers instead.

More: 12 tips for making the best burgers you'll ever eat

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