You won't believe the 38 crazy objects that have reportedly been found in hot dogs

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Mid-July marks the heat of hot dog season. Americans reportedly consume 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. With such high numbers, some hot dogs are bound to be a bit out of the ordinary. A TIME request to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection service showed some very peculiar objects found in consumers' hot dogs.

Objects found in American's weiners include "a peppercorn like material...that appeared to be metal shavings," "a clump of hair," "a needle resembling an injection needle," "a sheared off portion of metal box cutter," "a dime," "a white hex nut," "a pill," and "a large ant."

Um, what? How do these items wind up inside our beloved hot dogs? While we still plan to go to town consuming our estimated 21 hot dogs this summer, we can't help but be a bit concerned about these findings.

President of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council Janet Riley told TIME:

"We sure do what we can to avoid any kind of foreign object in there, and the records suggest that we do a really good job considering the numbers we produce. What's on the label is what you're going to find in the product."


Sure, you'll find what's on the label...you just might find something else along with it. While the sanitation of America's favorite ballpark snack has reportedly improved tremendously since its "worst year ever" in 1999, people are still reporting these terrifying discoveries. More foreign objects found in hot dogs include:

"A piece of rubber band (blue)"

"What looks like insect larva"

"The tip of a razor blade"

"Glass shards"

"A crown"

"A large piece of bone"


"Two hairs... one was short, black and could have been facial hair. The second hair was thinner and was actually sticking out of the hot dog."

A razor blade? Really? Whoever manufactured that hot dog apparently couldn't run to the bathroom for a quick shave. The razor blade and two hairs probably came from the same person. So gross!

According to the New York Times, people have also discovered rat legs, band-aids, worms, and even a dragonfly in their hot dogs.

While you're standing in front of the grill next weekend watching your wieners sizzling away, you should probably keep your fingers crossed that the only object you'll be biting into is the delicious meat you expect.



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