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California Legislators Ask: What's In A Hot Dog?

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself “Hey, what’s’ in this delicious hot dog I’m eating?” you’re not alone.

Even if the answer might be a bit scary, California legislators are having to come up with a definition for the food in order to preserve the state's long running hot dog street cart industry.

"When Californians buy hot dogs, they want to know what they are getting, sometimes with mustard," California politician Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) said.

According to LA Times, here’s what they’ve got so far:

“Hot dog' means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst and that may be served in a bun or roll."

That definition leaves something left to be desired for those of us who want to know makes up the sausage itself, but that’s not the point of the legislation.

Legislators are trying to help out hot dog vendors by differentiating between stands that boil already cooked hot dogs and those that cook raw ones. The latter face much tougher regulations from the health department.

If the legislation passes, hot dog stands will be saved and we can all keep eating one of America’s most treasured foods, even if we’re still not exactly sure what’s inside of it. 

Source: LA Times


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