5 Ways to Define a Sandwich, According to the Law

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H/T Mental Floss.

Now we know the legal definition of a sandwich according to somes states and the USDA.

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It’s easy to say what a sandwich is. Grilled cheese?—definitely a sandwich. Bacon, lettuce, and tomato?—there’s no question. Things start to get messy when you specify what a sandwich isn’t. Is a hot dog a sandwich? What about a burrito, or an open-faced turkey melt?

The question of sandwich-hood sounds like something a monk might ponder on a mountaintop. But the answer has real-world implications. On several occasions, governments have weighed in on the food industry’s right to use the delectable label. Here’s where the law stands on the great sandwich debate.


Hot dogs are often snagged in the center of the sandwich semantics drama. Despite fitting the description of a food product served…

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