July 23, 2009, - 2:19 pm

Dumb Food Police Lawsuit of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel
Whether or not you agree with it, this claim is not news: that a diet heavy in red meat–specifically processed red meat–can be unhealthy and possibly cancerous. It’s part of why I don’t eat more than a couple of burgers a year (the same with hot dogs).
But the food police–specifically the vegetarian food police–have filed a stupid lawsuit against the nation’s largest purveyors of hot dogs.
The plaintiffs call themselves, “The Cancer Project,” but that’s really a fake name for the far left vegan anti-war group, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which wants to impose its difficult and abnormal eating habits on the rest of us. This is the same group that wants to stop us from drinking milk.
The gist of their lawsuit is that these meat brands sould be required to use warning labels about cancer on their packaging. But if you don’t know about these claims of cancer, then you haven’t read a paper or magazine in ages, don’t pay attention, and won’t be reading a label on a hot dog or burger package.


Of course, the case will go nowhere. But it will be a complete waste of time and a money drain on the meat product manufacturers. And that’s clearly the goal of this suit.
In turn, it will increase the prices of inexpensive meats on consumers. But, hey, that’s the goal of the veggie food police.

“Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer.”
That’s the label that a vegan advocacy group wants a New Jersey court to order Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National and other food companies to slap on hot dog packages.

FYI, the suit also names, Kraft Foods, Inc. (maker of Oscar Mayer), Sara Lee, Nathan’s Famous, among others.

The nonprofit Cancer Project filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of three New Jersey plaintiffs asking the Essex County Superior Court to compel the companies to place cancer-risk warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey.
“Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer,” said Neal Barnard, president of the Cancer Project and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University medical school in Washington, D.C. “Companies that sell hot dogs are well aware of the danger, and their customers deserve the same information.” . . .
Efforts to put warning labels on hot dog packages are “crazy,” said Josh Urdang, 27, as he stood in line to buy two franks at Pink’s hot dog stand in Hollywood on Tuesday.
“It wouldn’t change how many hot dogs I eat. Not at all,” said Urdang, an information technology consultant from Hollywood.
His friend Joe Di Lauro, 31, called such a move “overpolicing. . . . At what point do you stop breaking things down? Unless we’re going to put a warning label on every single food and say what’s bad in it.”
Other consumers were skeptical of the Cancer Project’s agenda.
“Vegans complaining about hot dogs is like the Amish complaining about gas prices,” said Susan Thatcher of Irvine. . . .
Said Keith-Thomas Ayoob, a nutritionist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York: “There is speculation that nitrosamines can increase cancer risk when consumed in large amounts and frequently. Occasionally should cause no worry. The stuff people typically have with a hot dog may be a more immediate concern: too many calories from all the fat-laden potato and macaroni salads, sugary drinks and sweet desserts.”

Like I said, this suit will go nowhere. But it’ll be like a mini-Obama stimulus: providing make work for lawyers, clogging the court system, and leading to higher prices at the supermarket and restaurants, like Nation’s Famous, for everybody else.
Whether or not hot dogs and other processed meats are bad for you is not the issue. American freedom is. And that includes the freedom to eat whatever you want–good or bad. We don’t need the state setting our diets.
Fight back against the food extremists. Eat a hot dog for dinner, today.

9 Responses

Hot dogs can be hazardous in other ways. Observe!

There is NO Santa Claus on July 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I choked on a piece of broccoli once. Maybe I should sue the vegetable purveyors like Green Giant,Del Monte, Birds’ Eye, et al.. for that and rquire a label on it- sort of along the idea of Mickey D’s having themselves sued because some idiot didn’t know coffee is hot. LOL

Mistress_Dee on July 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm

“From my cold dead hands”. For my first 62 years, I ate whatever I wanted. One year ago, I went through a heart attack, stroke, and quadruple bypass surgery. My bride of 42 years, and my two adult daughters, now assume the task of being my “culinary probation officers”. I eat more sensibly now, but that means I only eat hot dogs once or twice a month. My brands of choice are Hebrew National here in Iowa, or Superdawg or Vienna when I visit family in my home town of Chicago. Will I limit my intake? Of course. Will I give up my hot dogs completely? NEVER!

OldScouter on July 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I have a better label – Warning: Listening to idiots kills brain cells. Me, I’m a member of PeTVeG – People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables – Potatoes should only be eaten with meat!

Boycott Watch on July 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm

The health nannies don’t want people to make their own decisions. They want to make them for people. Sure, there are things than can kill you. But its for you to decide.

NormanF on July 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Thanks, Debbie!
You helped me decide what to make for dinner tonight. Hot dogs!
We’ve got a pack of Hebrew National dogs in the fridge.
Ever had them, folks? AWE-some!

mplumb on July 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm

If this goes through i’ll eat more hotdogs to spite them 😉

mindy abraham on July 25, 2009 at 1:20 am

At age 65, some of my fondest childhood memories are meals at the local hot dog stand with my family.

I recall hearing that this is old stuff.

YES, there IS some hazard to nitrosoamines; but most sane people think that the VERY REAL hazard of spoiled meat infected with deadly bacteria is way more than the slight hazard of the preservatives.

Frank G Zavisca on July 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

life : sexually transmitted and fatal

Boris B on February 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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