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Nathan's Hot Dogs Recalled

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Nathan's and Curtis Hot Dogs are recalling more than 200,000 pounds of their product after the company received complaints of metal found in the packaging.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall May 19, only a week before Memorial Day weekend.

"John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal," FSIS wrote in a statement on its site.

The company received three complaints from customers who found pieces of metal inside the product's packaging. No one has yet reported an injury or adverse side effects from consumption. The FSIS has labeled the recall Class II, which means that "there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product."

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The FSIS has also declared that the health risk associated with the recall is "low." Nonetheless, it advises customers not to consume the product. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."

The products affected include 14-ounce packages of Nathan's Skinless 8 Beef Franks, with a use by date of Aug. 19, 2017, as well as 16-ounce packages of Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks, with a use by date of June 15, 2017. ​The recalled products have the establishment number "EST. 296" printed on the side of the package. The hot dogs were shipped nationwide, so all 50 states are affected by the recall.

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Memorial Day marks the beginning of "hot dog season," which continues until Labor Day. During this time, it's estimated that Americans will consume nearly 7 billion hot dogs. Nearly 38 percent of all hot dogs sold annually are sold during this time. 

On March 28, Nathan's was announced as the first "official" hot dog of Major League Baseball, reports USA Today. Although the partnership doesn't designate what type of hot dogs baseball stadiums should serve, Nathan's was already the hot dog of some of the MLB's most popular teams, including the St Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, New York Mets and New York Yankees.

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"There is something special, wholesome, and uniquely American about spending a summer day at the ballpark, watching a baseball game, and enjoying a hot dog," said MLB Executive Vice President of Business Noah Garden in a statement. "As a top brand in premium beef hot dogs, Nathan's is a perfect partner for MLB, and we're excited to have their support."

It is unclear how the recall will affect Nathan's sales or its partnerships.

Sources: FSIS, USA Today, The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council / Photo credit: rob_rob2001/Flickr

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