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Fill Up On Hot Dog Facts for National Hot Dog Month

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Washington, DC, June 27, 2019—Hot dogs have a unique tie to American history. They came to America as edible immigrants from Europe in the 1800s and soon became the all-American food that has been served by presidents, enjoyed by astronauts on the moon and relished in backyards throughout the country. They are synonymous with our nation’s independence as Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4 alone.

Despite this, hot dogs are among our most misunderstood foods. That is why a quarter century ago, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) was formed to answer the range of questions people have about hot dogs, their ingredients, history and more. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the NHDSC is teaming with the Beef Checkoff to unveil 25 hot dog facts for July’s National Hot Dog Month.

“At the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council we’ve learned that Americans’ appetite for hot dog facts is nearly as great as their appetite for hot dogs themselves,” said NHDSC Hot Dog Top Dog Eric Mittenthal. “Today there are hot dogs for everyone with millions of different possible hot dog and topping combinations that meet a broad spectrum of nutrition needs, tastes, budgets and personal preferences.”

Like other meats, Americans can enjoy hot dogs as part of a healthy diet. A standard beef hot dog is 190 calories, offers 7 grams of protein and 30 percent of our Daily Value of Vitamin B12, a crucial nutrient for normal metabolism, brain development in children and mental clarity in adults.

But for many, the true benefit of a hot dog is the happiness they bring. Other hot dog facts shared by the NHDSC include:

The full list of 25 facts plus 25 quotes about hot dog s are available at www.hot-dog.org. The NHDSC also will be sharing them throughout the month using #HotDogMonth in social media.

Hot Dog Meme Contest

As part of the Hot Dog Month fun, the NHDSC is inviting hot dog fans to show their creativity by developing a hot dog meme that demonstrates their love for hot dogs. Hot dog lovers can send their meme to contest@hot-dog.org by July 12 for a chance to win their favorite hot dogs, a NHDSC Wiener Warrior t-shirt and more. Winners will be announced on National Hot Dog Day, July 17. Full contest details, including a guide to memes, are available at www.hot-dog.org.

About The Beef Checkoff:

The Beef Checkoff Program ( www.MyBeefCheckoff.com) was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. In states with qualified beef councils, states may retain up to 50 cents of the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.


The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. Formed from the 2015 merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Institute has a rich, century-long history and provides essential member services including legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and public affairs representation. NAMI’s mission is to shape a public policy environment in which the meat and poultry industry can produce wholesome products safely, efficiently and profitably. Together, the Institute’s members produce the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb and poultry and the equipment, ingredients and services needed for the highest quality products.

"Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff. All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties."

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