The Disturbing Reason Millions of Hot Dogs Have Been Recalled

Jul 17, 2017 at 12:56 p.m. ET
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Midsummer, there are few things more satisfying than a hot dog fresh off the grill, especially after hours spent soaking in the sun or swimming. But if you have been stocking up on dogs for your next cookout, you're going to want to take a look at the label, stat, because there’s been a major recall for the nastiest of reasons.

Sabrett’s parent company, Marathon Enterprises, has announced a massive recall of 7 million pounds of hot dogs after customers complained about finding tiny bits of bone and cartilage in their hot dogs. One customer even reported a mouth injury after biting down on a piece of bone. *Shudder*

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The USDA issued a complete list of products that should be returned or tossed. Sabrett hot dogs and other products are sold in stores in 21 states and Washington, D.C., and this recall impacts products with use-by or sell-by dates between June 19 and Oct. 6.

There are also several private-label restaurants and food services impacted by this recall, including Nathan's Private Label, Katz's Delicatessen labels and hot dogs sold at Papaya King. People with questions about the recall can call Sabrett at 1-800-722-7388 on weekdays, the company said in a statement.

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Feeling blue over this bummer of a recall? So are we. But cheer up — these tasty vegetarian BBQ recipes are so good, they'll make even carnivores forget about meat (or at least hold you over until you're convinced the hot dog you want to eat is safe and bone fragment-free).