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HOT DOG! IT'S NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH! CONGRESSMEN JOIN BASEBALL GREATS FOR FEAST ON CAPITOL HILL

 HOT DOG! IT'S NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH!
 CONGRESSMEN JOIN BASEBALL GREATS FOR FEAST ON CAPITOL HILL
 WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of lawmakers will join baseball celebrities and meat industry executives for American Meat Institute's (AMI) annual Capitol Hill Hot Dog Lunch today. Co- sponsored by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council and hosted by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Kika de la Garza (D-Texas), the lunch will serve more than 3,500 hot dogs with all the trimmings to commemorate July's National Hot Dog Month.
 "Hot dogs and baseball are an all-American tradition," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. "We're proud to bring to Capitol Hill the product and the pastime that are worldwide symbols of American culture."
 Participating in the festivities will be baseball Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew and Gaylord Perry, as well as baseball great Tug McGraw. The players will be mingling with guests and autographing baseball caps. As a special treat, famed stock car driver Richard Petty will also be on hand. The new "Richard Petty Dog" will be one of the many brands served at the luncheon.
 De la Garza and other key lawmakers will prepare their favorite hot dogs during the lunch, and recipes will be distributed in the "Congressional Hot Dog Cookbook." For example, the "Kika de la Garza 'hot' dog" includes jalapeno peppers and Texas onions. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig will unveil his special "Spud-Dog" which uses an Idaho potato for a bun.
 Hot dogs from nine AMI member companies will be served: Armour Swift-Eckrich, Downers Grove, Ill.; Berks Packing Co., Inc., Reading, Pa.; Emge Packing Co., Inc., Fort Branch, Ind.; Farmland Foods Inc., Kansas City, Mo.; Gwaltney of Smithfield Ltd., Smithfield, Va.; Hatfield Quality Meats, Hatfield, Pa.; Hillshire Farm & Kahn's, Cincinnati; John Morrell and Co., Cincinnati; and Oscar Mayer Foods Corp., Madison, Wis.
 Hot dogs are cooked, smoked sausages made from selected meats and seasonings and sold in links to be served on rolls. Although sausages are one of the world's oldest forms of processed food -- dating back to the 9th century B.C. -- the sausage most resembling a hot dog originated in Europe sometime after the 15th century A.D.
 Hot dogs were first sold on rolls in the U.S. during the late 1800s, and became the standard fare at baseball parks nearly a century ago in 1893. Today's hot dog on a bun was introduced in the early 1900s, and the term "hot dog" was created at about the same time. Americans today consume an average of 80 hot dogs per person per year.
 AMI, a national trade association, represents the interests of packers and processors of meat and other animal protein products. Headquartered in Washington, the institute conducts scientific and economic research, sponsors industry education programs and provides technical, government and public relations services to its members.
 The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council was established in 1952 as a service arm of the meat industry. Located in Westchester, Ill., the council works within the meat industry to generate new merchandising ideas. The council also maintains a direct line to the consumer through a continuous flow of new menu ideas placed with food editors at newspapers and magazines. Informing the consumer about the availability and variety of American-made sausage products is among the council's chief goals.
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 /CONTACT: Sara Clarke or Janet Riley of the American Meat Institute, 703-841-2400/ CO: American Meat Institute ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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