(HealthDay News) -- Hot dogs are an American favorite, but they can make you sick if you let them spoil.
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The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers these suggestions for safe storage and handling of hot dogs:
- As soon as possible after purchase, store hot dogs in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Follow the product dates on the package. Eat within two weeks if the package is refrigerated unopened, or within one week once the package is opened.
- Freeze hot dogs for a maximum of two months.
- Hot dogs should never be at room temperature for longer than two hours. If the outside temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, they should be refrigerated within one hour.
- Heat hot dogs until steaming.
-- Diana Kohnle
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