Hot Dogs - Turning Vegetarians into Cannibals

@Rollo1 (16689)
Boston, Massachusetts
October 26, 2015 6:19am CST
A new report claims that up to 2% of all hot dogs - even the vegetarian varieties - contain traces of human DNA. The report discusses the lack of full disclosure on ingredient labels, but doesn't speculate on how the human DNA entered the food. I am just wondering how many plant workers lost tips of fingers in the grinders... The good news is that there are a few brands that scored highly on safety and purity. I note one of them is a brand of kosher hot dogs which were the only kind my mother would buy. Good thing we don't buy hot dogs anymore, no one seems to like them much these days. But if you want to remain vegetarian, you might want to give up veggie hot dogs, they are made from humans.
Clear Food, a subsidiary of food analyzation startup Clear Labs, found that human DNA is present in 2 percent of hot dog and sausage brands, according to a recent study. The study also found th
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@destry (2532)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
26 Oct 15
It is amazing how distorted processed food is. I only eat what I grow myself so I am always sure that I am not eating a parsnip that has been mutated with human!
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
If they ever cross a human with a parsnip, it could run for president!
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@peavey (16600)
• United States
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Probably win, too.
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@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 - Isn't that Trump??
• United States
26 Oct 15
I stopped eating processed and red meats years ago. I don't eat fake vegetarian meats either. I eat poultry and fish as well as plants. I stay away from "mystery" foods as much as possible.
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@jstory07 (67081)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Oct 15
Probably everything you buy is a mystery anymoe.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
Nothing should be a mystery with all the food labeling that goes on, but apparently there are gaps in that information.
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• United States
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Yes, there are. For one thing, some people lie. Another problem is that they do not use plain English, so people are confused. I solved the problem by avoiding mystery foods altogether.
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@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
26 Oct 15
Ohhh my its really disgusting.......
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
I would like to know how they think the human DNA got in there,. That might make a bit of difference in how disgusting it is.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I imagine it is down to what they describe as 'hygiene issues'
@sofssu (14462)
26 Oct 15
LOL the veggies would throw up reading this I am sure.. I have so many veggie friends.. who have to hear this.. My brother was a chef on a french ship years ago.. he lost a part of his finger in a meat slicer.. He was sure it went with the food as they were busy attending to him.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
Oh dear. And will you be spreading the word to all your veggie friends just so you can enjoy grossing them out?
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Oct 15
Ewww, that is gross. You know, I bet it's that way with most meats. Now, that makes me want to be a vegetarian.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
Except they found human DNA in vegetarian hot dogs, too.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
31 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I guess there is no way around it. I'll just have to try and not think about it.
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
26 Oct 15
eweeeeeee.....that is disgusting. I will never eat a hot dog again. My daughter (age 45) was a vegetarian since 15 until her health care people said she had 0 Iron and had to start eating meat. She feels much better now ( because of meat and iron) but I doubt she would ever eat a hot dog anyway. You know we will never forget this...
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
My daughter just didn't like meat and still doesn't really eat beef and she was severely anemic. She eats a little more variety now, but I still think she should get more meat in her diet.
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• Canada
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Next time she gets blood work ask your doctor to look into iron. My daughter's doctors said no to pills, )fake iron - too hard on your system) and yes to real food, fish chicken and when she got stronger, beef and pork. She eats almost anything now and is so much stronger and feels great.
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@GardenGerty (99319)
• United States
27 Oct 15
@PainsOnSlate and @Rollo1 The blood bank recommends eating raisins before giving blood, and I like spinach and never have a problem with low iron. Other dark green veggies, and eggs are also good.
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@suziecat7 (3399)
• Asheville, North Carolina
26 Oct 15
That's terrible news to me as I love veggie hot dogs. Like Elizabeth, I don't eat red meat but do enjoy a veggie dog or burger once in awhile.
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• Lisbon, Portugal
26 Oct 15
Unfortunately it is still up to anyone who wants to be vegetarian is required to consume meat.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 15
I find it interesting that vegetarian foods imitate meat-filled foods.
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@suziecat7 (3399)
• Asheville, North Carolina
27 Oct 15
@Rollo1 - Some veggie burgers are delicious though don't taste like meat. I always buy the non-GMO brands, of course. But I guess I'll be giving up the dogs.
@1creekgirl (10343)
• United States
26 Oct 15
Ewww, what a thing to read right before lunch! My grandson can't eat hot dogs because of migraines, but my husband and I love to roast a couple of hot dogs over the fire pit. Now, what are we going to roast?!! Maybe S'mores or sausage dogs. Guess I'll buy Nathan's brand or Hebrew National from now on and try to forget I ever read this report!
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
That sounds like a plan. Sometimes it's worth it to spend the extra. But we've all eaten our share of hotdogs in our day and survived, so why worry?
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@1creekgirl (10343)
• United States
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I've always heard that if you've ever worked in a restaurant or fast food kitchen, you'd never eat out again!
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• United States
27 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Yes, we survived, but not everyone has. That's the point of having this kind of information. If we didn't eat what makes us unhealthy, more people would have better and longer lives.
@PhredWreck (6051)
26 Oct 15
Nothing wrong with a little 'long pork' in your diet
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
That's all I got to say .
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26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Technically, it is likely to be found in any food. Humans leave traces of DNA everywhere, and when preparing a meal, it is likely to receive minuscule traces from the person preparing it..try not to think about that at McDonald's
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
@PhredWreck Maybe some of those pigs with human genes got into the meat industry.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
26 Oct 15
The thing is they have only tested hot dogs, and as @PhredWreck says, anything that has been in contact with a human is likely to be contaminated with traces of human DNA, and testing is getting more sensitive all the time. If they tested every foodstuff that has ever been handled by a human they would undoubtedly find that a proportion of each is contaminated, unless it was something like laboratory-grown muscle cells that has been produced in a sterile environment in a laminar-flow hood where all the workers wear completely sealed body suits.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
They didn't give any hints as to what they think the source of the DNA is. It could be as simple as microscopic skin flakes, because food handlers don't often wear hazmat suits while preparing foods.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
27 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Exactly, your family are probably consuming your DNA on a daily basis. In fact we are probably breathing in other people's DNA all the time!
@Pattitude (1299)
• Newton, North Carolina
26 Oct 15
I posted this too, the only brands that passed with flying colors are Butterball, McCormick, Eckrich, and Hebrew National. They would not mention the companies that failed but one would assume since Oscar Meyer, Kahns, and other popular brands are not listed as passing with 96% and above, they are the culprits. Beside the human DNA, traces of meat are being found in veggie hot dogs!
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
If they only tested 14 brands, there could be lots that are fine, and since they didn't identify where the human DNA came from, it's hard to tell what that actually means to consumers. Are they stray hairs or stray fingertips?
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@Pattitude (1299)
• Newton, North Carolina
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I would sure like to know!
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Oct 15
This just makes me really glad we get Hebrew Nation, since they are kosher.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
My mother only bought that kind. I have also tried Nathan's, they are kosher, too, and very good.
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• Centralia, Missouri
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 If I see, will have to try.
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
26 Oct 15
That is pretty disgusting even if it is only 2% of the hotdogs.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
I don't know how disgusted to be, since they didn't say where the human DNA came from. It could be many sources - maybe a hair or some skin flakes or that plant worker who fell into the grinder... who knows?
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@just4him (117004)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Oct 15
I don't eat hot dogs normally. I did while I was in the nursing home, but then I had no choice in what I ate. Now that I'm home I'm in complete control of the food I eat and no more hot dogs for me. Finding human DNA in hot dogs is another good reason not to eat them.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
I don't like all the nitrites and nitrates in them. But sometimes I really crave one. I may only eat one per year these days.
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@LadyDuck (157404)
• Switzerland
26 Oct 15
Oh my Anja now that I started to feel a little better and had almost intention to eat something. I am going down and make a pudding. About veggie hot dogs, you reminded me the movie "Soilent Green", I have the DVD, time to watch it.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Oct 15
Oh, I am sorry if I caused a relapse!!!
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
27 Oct 15
I've always looked at the human calf muscle as an interesting piece of meat if I ever had to go that route. I guess hot dogs were what started it all!
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
27 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Blame the dream I had when I was young where I was some giant monster/demon creature in the middle of destroyed villages eating people like popcorn. That kind of thing just changes the whole perspective. Just remember in those plane crashes they couldn't cook the meat first, which would turn me off to it. I hear that it's on the menu in places like Cambodia and such, under the name long pig. Just don't order it if you see that.
@kevin1877uk (36976)
26 Oct 15
Interesting, I'm not a veggie so it don't really bother me but I'm sure it will the people who are.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 15
Finding that their veggie hot dogs contain meat will certainly destroy a bit of trust in the food industry when it comes to vegetarian meat substitutes.
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@kevin1877uk (36976)
27 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Totally, I know it's hard being veggie never fully trusting. My son gone veggie, see how long that last lol.
@marguicha (94653)
• Chile
27 Oct 15
I stopped buying hotdogs some time ago, when my grandchildren outgrew them. I am not fond of them and only kept some in the freezer just in case a picky small visitor did not like the food I had.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 15
Kids love hot dogs. I think it's because they are salty.
@softbabe44 (5902)
• Vancouver, Washington
27 Oct 15
Thats just ugly uncalled for.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 15
I have to agree with you on that.
• Preston, England
27 Oct 15
maybe they should rebrand them as Soylent Green after the movie about processed food proving to be recycled human corpses
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 15
I am rather hoping that the human DNA is not whole body parts thrown into the mix.
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