Study found your vegetarian hot dog may contain meat and human DNA

Study: Vegetarian Hot Dogs May Contain Meat, Human DNA
Study: Vegetarian Hot Dogs May Contain Meat, Human DNA

Do you believe your hotdogs are healthier because they are vegetarian? Think again. According to Fox News, researchers at startup lab Clear Food tested 345 hot dogs from 75 different brands and found that 14.4 percent of them had some problematic ingredient in them. The startup uses "next-generation genomic technology" to analyze the world's foods at a molecular level and test their quality. What did they find? You vegetarian hot dogs may not be vegetarian at all.

The study found meat in hot dogs that were supposed to be vegetarian and pork in some that were labeled as kosher. More troubling, the research found even human DNA in two percent of the samples, part of which were also labeled as vegetarian.

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The report also found the following:

- 10 percent of vegetarian products contained meat;
- Labels of some vegetarian products exaggerated the amount of protein in the item by as much as 2.5 times.
- Vegetarian items accounted for 67 percent of the hygienic issues found in the report.
- Pork substitution in three percent of the samples. In most cases, pork was substituted for chicken or turkey.

These are probably enough facts to convince most people to think twice before purchasing hot dogs again, but in case you can't resist, here are some ideas of what to put on top of them:

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