Every now and then I find myself explaining whether I believe a processed meat is fully cooked or not. The most recent discussion occurred with my daughter's mother in law at a family gathering which included 5 pre-school age children (three of them are my grandsons). She asked me to get out the hot dogs so they could "warm" on the grill. I looked at the package and said they need more than just warming, since the package does not say "fully cooked". She said she had never heard of such a thing. Reading the cooking instructions, I said "It says they must be heated to 165 degrees before serving. That means these are still raw". I made sure they were thoroughly cooked, but now I have serious concerns about what the boys eat there. Not only do hot dogs come in both cooked and non-cooked format, but so does ham and probably a variety of other processed meats.
Now, my question is "Why do the manufacturer's make a bold statement on the package that the meat is FULLY COOKED, but when it's not cooked, they seem to hide that from the consumer?" In my opinion, this is a serious safety issue.