The Middletown Health Department Reminds Residents to
Stay Safe With a Summer Favorite

Americans will consume millions of hot dogs this month and throughout the summer. Storing and cooking them properly is key to preventing illness.

  • Don't let hot dog juices get on cooking utensils, food prep surfaces or other items in the fridge.
  • Store hot dogs up to one week in the refrigerator once the package is opened, and up to two weeks unopened.
  • Even though they come fully cooked, hot dogs should be heated until steaming (or to an internal temp of 165 °F) to prevent listeriosis.

Click HERE for more hot dog tips from the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.