Company finds human DNA, meat in vegetarian hot dogs

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/KOIN) – The group Clear Foods did a study on what’s really in hot dogs.

The company analyzed 345 hot dog and sausage products from 75 brands and 10 retailers.

They said human DNA was found in two percent of the samples and in two thirds of the vegetarian samples.

The study showed evidence of chicken in 10 samples, beef in four samples, turkey in three samples and lamb in two samples of products that were not supposed to contain those ingredients.

Pork was found as a substitute in three percent of samples tested. Most of those cases involved products labeled as chicken or turkey sausages.

In total, 10 percent of hot dogs advertised as vegetarian or meat-free had some form of meat in them.

The study said several manufactures produce high-quality hot dogs.

Butterball, McCormick, Eckrich and Hebrew National were some of the major brands getting positive feedback.

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