Meat consumption by the numbers

In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, Mark Story, of Houston, cooks hot dogs and hamburgers for friends and family as they tailgate before an NCAA college football game between SMU and TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas. On the eve of the World Series, where hot dogs are a staple in the stands, the World Health Organization on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 labeled the all-American wiener, bacon and other processed meats as being "carcinogenic to humans." (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The World Health Organization released a report Monday on the dangers of hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats. It came the day before Major League Baseball’s World Series, one of many U.S. events synonymous with the consumption of encased meats and other foods on the lists. Following are some figures detailing the nation’s love affair with meat.

— Sales of fresh and processed meats reached $25.5 billion in the year ending Aug. 22, up 5.1 percent from the same period a year before, according to research firm The Nielsen Company.

— More than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages were expected to be eaten at baseball parks during the 2015 MLB season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

— Los Angeles residents were the biggest consumers of hot dogs last year, followed by New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago, according to the NHDSC.

— In peak hot dog season — which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day — Americans typically eat 7 billion hot dogs, according to the NHDSC.


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