July is National Hot Dog Month and with Americans set to down 150 million of them on Independence Day alone, Applegate, the producer of the nation's leading natural and organic meat brand, announced that its iconic The Cleaner Wiener hot dogs will carry a premier mark of higher animal welfare standards: the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) seal.

"Although all of our food – from bacon to burgers and yes, hot dogs – is sourced from farms third-party certified for higher animal welfare, this is the first time consumers will see the GAP seal on our hot dogs in grocery stores nationwide," said Nicole Glenn, Applegate vice president of marketing. "With more and more people questioning where their meat comes from and how it's raised, carrying the GAP certification helps us bring full transparency and confidence about our commitment to animal welfare right on pack."

The GAP logo appears on The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog at Whole Foods Market and on The Great Organic Uncured Turkey Hot DogThe Great Organic Chicken Hot Dog and the Applegate Naturals Natural Uncured Turkey Hot Dog at retailers nationwide. Consumers can find stores carrying these certified hot dogs on the Applegate website product locator.   

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"Global Animal Partnership (GAP) has partnered with Applegate for many years behind the scenes to ensure high animal welfare standards, and we're thrilled that they decided to put their dedication to those standards on the front of the package," said Anne Malleau, GAP executive director. "These products have earned the GAP Animal Welfare Certified label, which means that 100+ farm animal welfare standards were met and audited on every farm supplying these ingredients. GAP applauds Applegate's continued efforts to advocate for meaningful animal welfare claims, helping raise awareness and creating sustainable change for animals." 

In addition to the GAP certification, Applegate hot dogs are sourced from farms that never use antibiotics and are made with clean and simple ingredients – nothing artificial and no chemical nitrites or nitrates added.