Should Hot Dogs Carry Warning Labels?


Meat sticks with a side of...cancer?

Los Angeles Times reports that a vegan advocacy group wants to put cancer-risk warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey. The Cancer Project is filing a lawsuit against five major food companies—Nathan’s Famous, Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer, Sara Lee, Con Agra Foods, and Marathon Enterprises—on behalf of three New Jersey residents who bought these companies hot dogs without knowing that the hot dogs are a cause of colorectal cancer. Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Cancer Project, compares the health risk of eating hot dogs to the lung cancer risk posed when smoking cigarettes, and says that the same information should be made available to customers who eat hot dogs.

Do you think hot dogs should carry warning labels? Are there other foods that you think should have labels?