ByHeather Snowden, writer at Creators.co
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Heather Snowden

Over the last 120 years, the humble hot dog has become a solid symbol of American culture and migration. Brought over by the Germans, and then taken up by Greeks, Jews and many others, it slowly integrated into local and regional culture. Ironic then, that something which helped to bring people together is, in a way, tearing them apart...

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the U.S. will consume about 7 billion hot dogs, with more than 150 million of them being chomped on the Fourth of July alone. From ballparks to backyards, from movie theaters to the White House, America's favorite convenience snack crosses most cultural boundaries. However, as symbolic as it may be, a newly published report has unearthed something even Sweeney Todd's Mrs. Lovett would find unpalatable.

Clear Foods, a company which, "uses genomic technology to analyze the world's foods at a molecular level, ingredient by ingredient," analyzed 345 hot dogs and sausage products from a range of 75 brands and 10 retailers, and claim to have found:

"human DNA in 2% of the samples, and in 2/3rds of the vegetarian samples."

And an additional 10% of all vegetarian products appeared to contain meat. How delicious. And, all of these products can be purchased from places you're likely to shop in already, yay!

Obviously this creates quite the pickle for people not so keen on eating human, at least without knowing they are first. Most of us are willfully ignorant, but aware that food products developed for mass consumption aren't exactly manufactured under ideal circumstances (understatement), but this revelation just adds a whole new pile of disgusting to the heap of crap (most) people consume on a daily basis.

Also, it makes ads like this, although socially on-point at the time, pretty damn gross now.

That sizzle? Um, no thanks.

Source: WTSP, Clear Food, USA Today

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