Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hot Dogs--Oh My!

I saw the following article in the internet and I really feel for the young Moms who are trying their best to give nutritious meals to their children. I have been in food research over 40 years. Fads come and go. One day, you need to eat an apple a day to stay healthy, the next day you find the pesticides in apples will cause cancer. This nitrate issue in hot dogs is nothing new. It circulates in the news, like the earth circling the sun. The whole issue reminds me when I worked in the microwave oven industry. Remember, microwaves were supposed to cause cancer as well. We found that maybe, if you put a mouse's cage on top of a microwave oven it's entire life, it may develop cancer, although the experiment couldn't be duplicated. This latest hype about hot dog warning labels will cause great angst for Moms who feed a hot dog to their kids from time-to-time. Tell your hubby you are cutting out all BBQ's as well. BBQing your meat also causes nitrates and nitrites to form. You don't want him getting cancer, do you? You could become a vegetarian, nothing against vegetarians, there is certainly some merit to that, however, with all the herbicides and pesticides in use, you're gambling there as well. Oh, how about organic vegetarian? If you know where all your food is grown, maybe, but if you buy at the supermarket, in the produce department, where do you think the e coli issue is coming into place? Yup, the farms use manure (that's cow poop) to fertilize the land. Maybe a healthy respect for a broad selection of foods eaten in moderation is the key. A steady diet of hot dogs?...ah, no, but once in awhile, don't lose any sleep over it. Here's the article that caused this little rant.

Lawsuit: Hot dogs need warning label
Many modern-day baseball stadiums prohibit smoking, but cancer danger apparently still lurks around the corner: An anti-meat consumer group alleges in a class-action that hot dogs pose serious health risks and need to carry warning labels.
The lawsuit was filed in Essex County, N.J., by The Cancer Project on behalf of three New Jersey residents. Among the named defendants are Nathan's Famous; Kraft Foods, which manufactures Oscar Mayer wieners; Sara Lee; ConAgra, which makes Hebrew National franks; and Marathon, manufacturer of Sabrett, "the frankfurter New Yorker's [sic] relish."
The plaintiffs envision a warning label similar to the one on cigarette packages. The wording would look something like: "Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer."

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