The nature of hot dogs has been the topic of hot debate for years. Primarily the argument centered on the sandwich-ness of the meat tubes, but in Malaysia, a religious regulatory authority is raising a more linguistic issue. According to a report from the AP the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) told American mall food court staple Auntie Anne’s that if it wants to operate as a halal restaurant in the country it needs to remove the word “dog” from its menus. That means Auntie Anne’s needs to figure out something else to call its pretzel wrapped hot dogs.
In a statement a Jakim representative suggested the company change the name to “pretzel sausage” and Auntie Anne’s has agreed to comply with the request, though it hasn’t settled on a final name yet. In a country where over 60 percent of the population is Muslim, serving halal food is a necessary part of doing business.