Today, July 23, is National Hot Dog Day. In honor of this holiday, please enjoy a hot dog (or a tofu dog) along with the following roundup of this year’s developments in hot dog law:
Federal hot dog law has not changed since Hot Dog Day 2012. For those interested in the Federal definition of a hot dog, one may be found at 9 CFR § 319.180.
By contrast, 2013 has been an active year for hot dog law at the state level. Missouri courts determined that ballpark attendees do not assume the risk of injury from airborne hot dogs, and New York courts vindicated the rights of disabled veterans to sell hot dogs in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But the cutting edge developments in hot dog law this year are occurring in California: California legislators are currently in the process of defining hot dogs for the purpose of state health law compliance. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are still illegal at food carts in the Golden State, though.