Vienna Beef Hot Dogs Have Been Recalled—Here’s What You Need to Know

Find out why more than 2,000 pounds of Vienna Beef hot dogs are being taken off the market.

While you’re out and about this Memorial Day weekend, be careful what you order—Vienna Beef hot dogs have been recalled. You likely won’t have to worry about this recall impacting your cookout menu. But you will want to take a closer look before you order at the local hot dog stand.

Why are Vienna Beef hot dogs being recalled?

More than 2,000 pounds of hot dogs are being recalled because of potential contamination with pieces of metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The problem was discovered by Vienna Beef staff who let FSIS know about the issue pronto. Fortunately, we haven’t heard any reports of people eating the recalled products and having a dangerous reaction. Phew! That’s good news, at least.

If you’re like a lot of people, when you hear “recall,” you think food poisoning. Usually, hot dogs don’t cause sickness—here are the foods that can.

Where do I find these hot dogs?

The affected franks were only sold to restaurants and other commercial establishments in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. So don’t worry: You shouldn’t be able to find the recalled hot dogs in your fridge.

If you’re an owner or manager at a restaurant in one of these three states, be extra vigilant when it comes to checking your product labels.

Let’s take a look at the Vienna Beef franks being recalled:

  • 10-lb. cases containing “SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS 6″ 8’s 10#” with case code 013180 and package code 9122 on the label

  • 10-lb. cases containing “SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS 6″ 11’s 10#” with case code 013312 and package code 9122 or 9123 on the label

  • 10-lb. cases containing “SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS 7″ 9’s 10#” with case code 013490 and package code 9122 or 9123 on the label

That’s a whole load of information to take in at once. If you own a restaurant or buy hot dogs in bulk, check out the Vienna Beef hot dog recall labels here.

How do I stay in the know about future recalls?

Still concerned? You can ask any further questions about food safety through the FSIS’ Ask Karen service, which is available 24 hours a day. You can also download the helpful FoodKeeper app which will send alerts anytime a recall is issued.

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Charlotte Grainger
Charlotte Grainger is a creative feature writer, with a flair for food, health and lifestyle pieces. Her work has been seen in a number of national publications including Beyond Words Magazine, Reader's Digest and Psychologies. When she’s not typing away, you can find her trying out new recipes or binging Netflix shows— sometimes simultaneously.