Ball Park announces clean label efforts
April 4, 2017
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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The Tyson Foods brand has removed nitrates, nitrites from hot dogs.
CHICAGO – Ball Park, a Tyson Foods Inc. brand, announced the company has removed added nitrites and nitrates from its beef hot dogs, in addition to eliminating by-products and added fillers from its meat line.
“Ball Park brand has always been about quality,” said Colleen Hall, director, Ball Park brand. “Today, we’re taking the lead by removing artificial nitrites and nitrates and replacing them with natural alternatives, so people can feel even better when choosing Ball Park beef hot dogs. Consumers want more transparency when it comes to what's in the food they eat, and we want them to know we’re listening.”
Natural alternatives include sea salt and celery powder. In response to consumer demand for simplified food ingredient labels, meat processors employ preservation techniques such as ingredient formulations to safeguard animal proteins from bacterial contamination. A blend of sea salt and celery powder can eliminate the need for synthetic curing agents.
“The great taste of Ball Park brand hot dogs hasn’t changed,” Hall said. “We took special care to make sure everything consumers have come to love about our hot dogs stayed the same. We’re America’s number one beef hot dog for a reason, and taste tops the list.”