Your Memorial Day menu might look a whole lot different this year.
Food Safety News reports that John Morrell & Co., the company behind the Nathan’s and Curtis hot dog brands, are taking more than 210,000 pounds of their popular products off supermarket shelves. What’s scarier than having to find a substitution for this summertime staple is the reason why they were recalled: the USDA reports that three packages of hot dogs produced by the brands' Cincinnati-based parent company were reported to have metal in them. Sadly, this isn’t the first time a popular brand has launched a massive recall in recent years; everything from hummus to ice cream has been taken off shelves over safety concerns.
The good news is that nobody’s reported being injured by the mysterious metal in their hot dogs and that the brand has launched a massive recall on the potentially-contaminated products.
If you have packages of 14-ounce packages of Nathan’s Skinless Beef Franks with a use by date of August 19, 2017 or 16-ounce packages of Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks with a June 15 use by date, toss them or return them to the store where you picked them up.
Fortunately, there’s an upside: without hot dogs taking up so much room on your grill, there’s plenty of space for healthier, but equally filling options, like chicken breasts, portobello mushroom caps, avocados, and even fruit, all of which are made even tastier when tossed on the barbecue. Even better, you’ll be skipping the potential health hazards that come along with eating processed meat, consumption of which has been linked to increased rates of colorectal cancer, according to the World Health Organization. Scientists at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the University of Southern California have also found evidence that the nitrites found in many forms of processed meat — hot dogs included — increase pancreatic cancer risk.
If a cookout just doesn’t feel right without tossing a few hot dogs on the grill, you don't have to go without; just turn to our 40 Best and Worst Barbecue Foods for our healthier grilling picks.