Metal Shards Found in Hot Dogs Spur Recall

Right before Memorial Day, bad news for Nathan's, Curtis frank fans
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2017 11:20 AM CDT
Right Before Memorial Day, a Hot Dog Recall
In this July 4, 2007 file photo, Nathan's Famous employees prepare hot dogs for Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Just as everyone's starting to stock up on provisions for Memorial Day weekend barbecues, a disturbing announcement, per Fortune: More than 210,000 pounds of hot dogs are being recalled by the company that makes Nathan's and Curtis franks, after three complaints that said small metal shards were found inside some of the dogs. The USDA notice says the John Morrell and Co. recall includes 14-ounce packages of Nathan's Skinless 8 Beef Franks (with a "use by" date of Aug. 19, 2017), as well as 16-ounce packs of Curtis Beef Master Franks (June 15, 2017).

Another clue: "EST. 296" will appear on the side of the affected packages. Consumers should trash the tainted dogs or bring them back to the store for a refund. (Food vendors in Malaysia have to come up with a new name for hot dogs.)

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