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Hot Dogs Contain Allergen

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, February 11, 2008 10:04 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Toxic Substances

Soy is found in some hot dogs and consumers are warned that is an allergen they may react to.


Applegate Farms has received a consumer complaint about an allergic reaction to an organic all-beef hot dog.  So all 8,784 of the lot have been recalled.

They may contain non-fat dry milk and soy which are known allergens and not on the label.

Look for the label on 16-ounce package of “Applegate Farms Certified Organic, the Great Organic Uncured Hot Dog”  and “Applegate Farms Certified Organic Stadium Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs.”

Soy can cause an allergic reaction and that’s why it's usually listed on the ingredients.

8,784 pounds of these hot dogs were produced in November at Dietz & Watson, Inc, of  Philadelphia and distributed nationwide. Their shelf life date is listed as mid January.  But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reporting they may still be in your freezer. 

Look for “Est. 9574” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Also look for the use-by or freeze-by date of January 15, 2008.

The company says in a statement by Stephen McDonnell, founder and CEO, “We take the safety and purity of our products extremely seriously. While it is unlikely that products from this production run are still available for sale in the marketplace due to the length of time since their expiration date, we want to ensure that any consumers who may have frozen product at home contact us immediately for a refund.”

Their toll free number is (800) 587-5858.

The USDA has a “Ask Karen” hotline available 24 hours a day at 888-MPhotline (standing for meat poultry)  or 1-888-67-468- 5463.

The Applegate Farms Organic hot dogs come from cows that are grass-fed and have about half the fat of traditional hotdogs.

The good news about these hot dogs is that they are not cured using sodium nitrates, also known as “pink salt” by food manufacturers.

Sodium nitrite is a preservative and slows bacterial growth in food and is also found in cured meats such as bacon, ham, hot dogs. It has been linked to an increase in colon cancer and lung disease.   # 



Anonymous User
Posted by Jonathan Graneer
Monday, February 11, 2008 12:42 PM EST

How could this happen? Will their hotdog labels be changed to reflect the allergen warning or will they change their recipe? How can I be absolutely sure about their products? I cannot. The public trust has been betrayed.

Anonymous User
Posted by Yo Dog
Monday, February 11, 2008 2:39 PM EST

lol Mr Jonathan Graneer
Sounds like you work for the competition. :)

It isn't a good thing but it seems to be fixed now.

Do you really think something becomes news about a problem like this and the label won't be fixed.

Do you know why you only heard about it now on February 11, 2008? Because they needed to wait until the freeze date expiration of January 15, 2008 was over and make sure no one died.
You sure would think some intelligent person would have figured this out as they were going down the manufacturing line or as they were still on the shelves.
Not hard to figure out at all why you only hear about it now.

Posted by Jida Hida
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 8:13 AM EST

At least they found the allergen in time. I didn't know being a vegetarian is too allergic for beef eaters.

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