Are hotdogs and frankfurters the same to the USDA?

Do they have different “required” formulas? Can either be used with all-chicken or tofu?

And are “franks” the same as frankfurters? Or is that just a way of getting around things, like saying “creme” when a product contains no real cream.

Frankfurters, franks, furters, hot-dogs, wieners, viennas, bolognas, garlic bolognas, knockwursts and similar cooked sausages are all the same to the government. There are requirements for the entire class of cooked sausages, but nothing to distinguish them from each other, other than custom.

PART 319–DEFINITIONS AND STANDARDS OF IDENTITY OR COMPOSITION–Subpart G–Cooked Sausage

Brilliant reply with cite, Fear Itself. Bravo!

I didn’t know there was such a thing as a ‘furter’. Poultry is mentioned in:

That doesn’t cover Tofu or other Soybean products - nor does it implicate whoever decided the Soy weed was edible to begin with.

It must have been a German doughnut baker who decided frankfurter rolls will be made in batches of twelve.