LOS ANGELES -- Children who eat more than 12 hot dogs a month could increase their chances of developing childhood leukemia ninefold, according to a new preliminary study published in the journal, Cancer Causes and Controls.
on a small number of cases, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Eric Hentges, director of nutrition research for the National Livestock and Meat Board, said the study results should not cause families undue alarm.
"The food consumption survey used was not validated [by other researchers], and we have no indication of overall dietary habits," said Hentges. "Children can continue to enjoy hot dogs as part of a balanced, varied diet."